Incidence of and factors associated with achieving target lipid levels in patients with peripheral arterial disease

Meggan R. Banta, Fangchao Ma, Dawn M. Bravata, Robert S. Kirsner, Daniel G. Federman

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BACKGROUND: Patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) have increased mortality compared with patients without PAD. Coronary artery disease (CAD) accounts for almost 75% of deaths in PAD patients. Studies suggest that PAD is underdiagnosed and atherosclerotic risk factors undertreated when compared with CAD. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether cholesterol guidelines are being met in patients with PAD and to determine whether any independent factors increase the likelihood of reaching goal low-density lipoprotein (LDL). DESIGN: A retrospective chart review of subjects diagnosed with PAD in 2001 at 2 Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. MEASUREMENTS: Univariate analysis compares baseline characteristics between those reaching goal and those who do not. Multivariate logistic regression analysis identified predictors of meeting LDL goal among PAD patients. RESULTS: Of 315 patients, 62% reached goal LDL. Those more likely to reach goal were older, had hypertension, and a history of CAD and stroke. Positive predictors of LDL goal were age and CAD, while smoking was a negative predictor. CONCLUSION: The majority of veterans with PAD received lipid-lowering medication and achieve goal LDL, but they are more likely to do so if they are older than 70 and have a history of CAD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)711-714
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of general internal medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2006


  • Coronary artery disease
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Peripheral arterial disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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