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Prevalence, awareness, and treatment of elevated LDL cholesterol in adults, 1999-2020

JAMA Cardiology

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About The Study: Although the prevalence of severely elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) has declined, 1 in 17 U.S. adults still have LDL-C levels of 160 to 189 mg/dL and 1 in 48 adults have LDL-C levels of 190 mg/dL or greater. Among those with an LDL-C of 190 mg/dL or greater, 1 in 4 are unaware and untreated, with a higher proportion for an LDL-C of 160 to 189 mg/dL. These gaps disproportionately affect non-Hispanic Black, Hispanic, and socioeconomically disadvantaged persons, contributing to disparities in outcomes.  

Authors: Salim S. Virani, M.D., Ph.D., of Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan, is the corresponding author.

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