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April 1989

Physician Recognition and Treatment of Hypercholesterolemia

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn.

Arch Intern Med. 1989;149(4):933-935. doi:10.1001/archinte.1989.00390040129027

• To assess physician behavior regarding hypercholesterolemia, records of patients whose serum cholesterol levels averaged 6.85 mmol/L or greater during a two-month period were reviewed. Of 111 eligible patients, physicians noted hypercholesterolemia in 62 (56%) and prescribed treatment in 34 (31%). Excluding those whose condition had been previously diagnosed and who were receiving treatment at the time of initiation of the study, only 22% of patients with high-risk serum cholesterol levels received treatment. An aggressive physician education program on the definition, evaluation, and management of hypercholesterolemia is needed.

(Arch Intern Med 1989;149:933-935)