Impact of hypertension on global cardiovascular risk stratification: Analysis of a large cohort of outpatient population in Italy

Giuliano Tocci, Allegra Battistoni, Michela D'Agostino, Francesca Palano, Jasmine Passerini, Pietro Francia, Andrea Ferrucci, Massimo Volpe

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Abstract

Background: Control of hypertension remains a major unmet need, worldwide. Hypothesis: To test whether the presence of hypertension may improve global cardiovascular (CV) risk stratification and achievement of therapeutic targets for CV risk factors in adult outpatients in Italy. Methods: Physicians were asked to submit data covering the first 10 consecutive adult outpatients. All data were centrally analyzed for global CV risk assessment and rates of control of major CV risk factors, mostly blood pressure (BP) levels, in different high-risk subgroups of hypertensive patients. Results: Overall, 1078 physicians collected data of 9864 outpatients (46.7% females, age 66.1 ± 10.3 years) with valuable data on BP levels, among which 7147 (72.5%) had a diagnosis of hypertension and 2717 (27.5%) were normotensive subjects. Hypertensive patients were older and had a higher prevalence of major risk factors, including smoking, obesity, dyslipidemia, and family history of cardiovascular disease, as well as comorbidities, than did normotensive subjects (P <0.001 for all comparisons). Despite worse control of BP (66.9% vs 36.2%, P <0.001), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (40.5% vs 37.4%, P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-47
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Cardiology
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Medicine(all)

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