(Cover) – EN Fitness & Wellbeing – A study has claimed that people are more likely to take pills to treat high blood pressure, rather than exercise.

Preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2018 showed that individuals would also prefer to drink a daily cup of tea as an alternative to exercise.

Experts were interested in finding out how much those suffering from high blood pressure consider the inconvenience of a treatment plan compared to its beneficial qualities, and asked those surveyed to imagine that they suffered from the condition and detail their willingness to adopt each of four options in order to gain an extra month, year or five years of life.

In addition to medication, tea and exercise, participants were also asked to rate the prospect of monthly or semi-annual injections.

The vast majority would be most willing to take a pill or a daily cup of tea, with 79 per cent happy to medicate for an extra month of life, 90 per cent for a year of life and 96 per cent for five, compared to 78 per cent, 91 per cent and 96 per cent for those happy to consume the hot beverage.

However, just 63 per cent would be willing to exercise for an extra month of life, 84 per cent for an extra year and 93 per cent for five, while injections were the least popular treatment plan.

“Our findings demonstrate that people naturally assign different weights to the pluses and minuses of interventions to improve cardiovascular health,” said Erica Spatz, the study lead author. “I believe we need to tap into this framework when we are talking with patients about options to manage their blood pressure. We are good about discussing side effects, but rarely do we find out if other inconveniences or burdens may be impacting a person’s willingness to take a lifelong medication or to exercise regularly.”

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