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Few Can Manage Three Chronic Conditions

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 5:35am

It is uncommon that patients with diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia achieve simultaneous control of all three conditions, reported Emily B. Schroeder, MD, PhD, from the University of Colorado Denver, and colleagues online in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Only 16 percent of patients from Denver Health and 30 percent from Kaiser Permanente Colorado were able to simultaneously control all three conditions over a median of 4.3 years, the retrospective study found.

The targeted outcomes were hemoglobin A1c <7 percent, blood pressure <130/80 mmHg, and LDL cholesterol <100 mg/dL.

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