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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Joy Keller is executive editor of IDEA Fitness Journal and IDEA Fit Business Success, and is also a certified personal trainer, indoor cycling instructor, yoga teacher (RYT 200) and Reiki Master. Joy joined IDEA Health & Fitness Association in 2002, and brought with her a wealth of information about how to fine-tune communication channels, after having spent her formative career years specializing in business-to-business journalism. Before she even graduated with honors from the respected University of Georgia journalism school, Joy was offered a job at one of the most successful trade publishing companies in the southeast, Shore Varrone, Inc. She made her mark in the automotive aftermarket industry as a creative thinker and journalist with an intuitive knack for researching and understanding niche audiences. Joy has worked on several titles, including Auto Trim & Restyling News, Truck Accessory News, Digital Output Magazine, Retail & Construction News, Miata magazine, Ford Racing, and many more. Her passion, however, lies with health and fitness. She was the associate editor of ACE Certified News while working at the American Council on Exercise, and transitioned that publication from a newsletter to a magazine. She has enjoyed 16 years at IDEA, where she has launched several publications, including the award-winning Inner IDEA Body-Mind Spirit Review, IDEA Pilates Today and IDEA Fit Business Success. Joy is a content creator and media 2.0 advocate who takes pride in discovering the unique information needs of qualified audiences, and she is dedicated to serving those needs while following the highest available standards.