Treatment of hypertension and dyslipidemia or their combination among US managed-care patients.


Journal Article

The authors examined treatment rates in managed-care patients with hypertension (HTN) only or dyslipidemia (DYS) only compared with patients who had both (HTN+DYS). A retrospective, cross-sectional claims analysis was performed in a 2002 US national managed-care database of 1.23 million continuously eligible members aged 18 years or older. Median age was 44.0 years, 8.8% were aged 65 years or older, and 53.2% were women. Study criteria identified 354,324 patients, 32.9% with HTN only, 34.7% with DYS only, and 32.4% with HTN+DYS. Overall, 49.7% of HTN patients had DYS and 48.3% of DYS patients had HTN. Patients with HTN+DYS were significantly older, more likely to have cardiovascular comorbidities, and more likely to use medications and hospital facilities than were patients with HTN only or DYS only (P<.01). About two-thirds of patients with HTN only received 1 or more prescription for an antihypertensive medication, compared with three-quarters of those with HTN+DYS. Fewer than half of patients with DYS only and approximately two-thirds with HTN+DYS received a cholesterol-lowering agent.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dutro, MP; Gerthoffer, TD; Peterson, ED; Tang, SSK; Goldberg, GA

Published Date

  • September 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 9 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 684 - 691

PubMed ID

  • 17786069

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17786069

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1524-6175


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States