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- Website: OHRI
- Resource type: Patient decision aid
Summary - The message of this resource is:
This patient decision aid helps people with high blood pressure decide on whether or not to take medicine by comparing the benefits, risks and side effects of both options. It also includes alternative options to taking medicine such as having lifestyle changes.
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High blood pressure, medicine, lifestyle change
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Rated on: 7/5/2017 9:36:58 AM
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