Population prevalence and control of cardiovascular risk factors: What electronic medical records tell us

Arantxa Catalán-Ramos, Jose M. Verdú, María Grau, Manuel Iglesias-Rodal, José L. Del Val García, Alicia Consola, Eva Comin

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Abstract

Objective To analyze the prevalence, control, and management of hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and diabetes mellitus type 2 (DM2). Design Cross-sectional analysis of all individuals attended in the Catalan primary care centers between 2006 and 2009. Location History of cardiovascular diseases, diagnosis and treatment of hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, DM2, lipid profile, glycemia and blood pressure data were extracted from electronic medical records. Age-standardized prevalence and levels of management and control were estimated. Participants Individuals aged 35-74 years using primary care databases. Main measures A total of 2,174,515 individuals were included (mean age 52 years [SD 11], 47% men). Results Hypertension was the most prevalent cardiovascular risk factor (39% in women, 41% in men) followed by hypercholesterolemia (38% and 40%) and DM2 (12% and 16%), respectively. Diuretics and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors were most often prescribed for hypertension control (<140/90 mmHg, achieved in 68% of men and 60% of women treated). Hypercholesterolemia was controlled (low-density lipoprotein cholesterol <130 mg/dl) in just 31% of men and 26% of women with no history of cardiovascular disease, despite lipid-lowering treatment, primarily (90%) with statins. The percentage of women and men with DM2 and with glycated hemoglobin <7% was 64.7% and 59.2%, respectively; treatment was predominantly with oral hypoglycemic agents alone (70%), or combined with insulin (15%). Conclusions Hypertension was the most prevalent cardiovascular risk factor in the Catalan population attended at primary care centers. About two thirds of individuals with hypertension or DM2 were adequately controlled; hypercholesterolemia control was particularly low. © 2013 Elsevier España, S.L.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-24
JournalAtencion Primaria
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Diabetes mellitus type 2
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Hypertension
  • Prevalence
  • Primary health care

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    Catalán-Ramos, A., Verdú, J. M., Grau, M., Iglesias-Rodal, M., Del Val García, J. L., Consola, A., & Comin, E. (2014). Population prevalence and control of cardiovascular risk factors: What electronic medical records tell us. Atencion Primaria, 46(1), 15-24. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aprim.2013.06.004