Heart patients are often not treated in accordance with guidelines
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Many patients with cardiovascular disease are not given adequate drug therapy.
This is the result of an international study. In the current edition of Deutsches ?zteblatt International ( Dtsch Arztebl Int 2008; 105: 769-75), Uwe Zeimer et al. present the German results of this prospective, one-year survey.
512 doctors in Germany took part in the study. They enrolled 5594 patients in all, of whom 89.2% suffered from one or more cardiovascular diseases and 10.8% only exhibited risk factors. Documented risk factors included high blood pressure, disturbances in lipid metabolism, diabetes, and obesity. The results showed that several vascular beds were affected simultaneously in almost one third of patients. Many patients also suffered from other diseases requiring treatment, which were defined as risk factors. After one year, 2.1% of the patients with cardiovascular disease and 1.5% of the patients with at least three risk factors had died.
The study demonstrated that only three quarters of patients were given drugs to reduce fat levels. The same proportion was given drugs to dilute blood. Moreover, the doctors failed to exhaust the possibilities for drug treatment. This may be the reason that 27% of the patients with high blood pressure failed to reach the target blood pressure and 66% of the patients with disturbances in lipid metabolism failed to reach the target cholesterol level.
People from black and south Asian communities in the UK are not benefiting as much as white people from doctors’ interventions to reduce their blood pressure, according to a new study published today in the journal Annals of Family Medicine. The study looked at the treatment of over 8,800 people with high blood pressure, visiting
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An international research team has identified 11 novel locations in the human genome where common variations appear to influence cholesterol or triglyceride levels, bringing the total number of lipid-associated genes to 30. While major mutations in some of these genes have been known to underlie rare lipid metabolism disorders, it is becoming apparent that common
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Continuously measuring blood pressure may help predict heart disease and related deaths among individuals with treatment-resistant hypertension, while blood pressure readings taken in a medical office do not appear to predict future heart risks, according to a report in November 24 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. About 10 percent to 30 percent of individuals
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Sleeping less than seven and a half hours per day may be associated with future risk of heart disease, according to a report in the November 10 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. In addition, a combination of little sleep and overnight elevated blood pressure appears to be associated with an increased risk of the
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While doctors are urged to start with a diuretic-based strategy to control patients’ high blood pressure, an international blood pressure study shows a different single-pill drug combination is more effective at preventing heart-related events such as heart attacks and strokes. The findings challenge the way blood pressure is usually treated worldwide. The randomized study led
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