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Thirty Percent Prefer Early Death Over Taking Daily Meds

In a survey among 1,000 adults over 30, one in three said they would rather shorten their life by up to two years than take a daily pill for the rest of their lives to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease. One in five said they would be willing to pay more than $1,000 to avoid taking a pill every day. Roughly 21% said they would trade from 1 week to 1 year of life while 13% said they would accept minimal risk of immediate death to avoid taking a pill every day. 9% said they would risk a 10% chance of death. Another 62% said they would not be willing to gamble any risk of immediate death. — Hutchins R, et al “Quantifying the utility of taking pills for cardiovascular prevention” Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 2015; DOI: 10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.114.001240.