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Type: Journal article
Title: Management of hyperlipidaemia
Author: Stocks, N.
Allan, J.
Mansfield, P.
Citation: Australian Family Physician, 2005; 34(6):447-452
Publisher: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Issue Date: 2005
ISSN: 0300-8495
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Nigel Stocks, James Allan and Peter R. Mansfield
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Hyperlipidaemia is a general term for elevated concentrations of any or all lipids in the plasma. An elevated cholesterol is one of several risk factors for coronary heart disease (CHD). In Australia, the use of cholesterol lowering drugs, mainly statins, consumes over $880 million or 16% of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme drug budget and is growing. OBJECTIVE: This article focusses on primary hypercholesterolaemia, its relationship with CHD, and its management in the community setting. DISCUSSION There is strong evidence that treating middle aged men with statins who have established CHD will reduce overall mortality, CHD morbidity, or mortality and stroke. There is weaker but reasonable evidence for treating men aged over 65 years and women of any age who have CHD, or people without CHD but at high risk. There may be some benefits for patients with stroke and peripheral vascular disease who are at risk of CHD. While discontinuation rates are high, the occurrence of serious adverse reactions are infrequent.
Keywords: Humans; Coronary Disease; Peripheral Vascular Diseases; Lipids; Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors; Risk Factors; Family Practice; Preventive Medicine; Adult; Aged; Middle Aged; Female; Male; Hyperlipidemias; Practice Guidelines as Topic; Stroke
Description: Copyright © 2005 Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Copyright to Australian Family Physician. Reproduced with permission. Permission to reproduce must be sought from the publisher, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
RMID: 0020051805
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