Hypertension and Hyperlipidemia Go Hand in Hand

by Joy Keller on Oct 01, 2004

Making News

Hypertension and Hyperlipidemia Go Hand in Hand

People with high blood pressure are more likely also to have untreated or insufficiently treated cholesterol problems, according to a Mayo Clinic–led study published in the June 28 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.

Investigators studied two hypertensive populations: 1,070 non-Hispanic whites and 1,286 non-Hispanic blacks. About half of the blacks with high blood pressure (49.5% of women and 56.7% of men) also had high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). More than three-fourths (78.4%) of the white male hypertensives and 64.7% of the women had hyperlipidemia.

Among subjects with both risk factors, fewer than one-third were taking cholesterol-lowering medications. Fewer than half of those had reached recommended lipid levels. Researchers said this lapse in treatment suggests that more than two-thirds of the 50 million U.S. adults with hypertension also have high cholesterol that is not being treated aggressively enough.

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