It turns out that blood pressure meds don’t work if they aren’t taken. In a recent study, only 20 percent of patients seeking care for stubborn high blood pressure take all the medicine they’re supposed to and another 20 percent are not taking any of their blood pressure medications. Many of these patients are seeing specialists for “resistant hypertension” which I guess means they are resistant to do anything about that. So, in summary, medicines have a better chance of working if they are taken. Who knew?