Home' Australian Pharmacist : April 2011 Contents Vol. 30 -- April #04
Continuing Professional Development
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Margaret's current medications include:
ramipril 5 mg daily, frusemide 20 mg
daily, digoxin 125 mcg daily, thyroxine
100 mcg daily.
Of the following options, which
would be the MOST appropriate
initial treatment for Margaret's GP to
a) Commence ferrous sulfate
325 mg daily.
b) Commence oxazepam 7.5 mg
c) Commence hydrochlorothiazide
12.5 mg daily.
d) Increase digoxin dose to
187.5 mcg daily.
Regular GP follow-up
A new cholesterol study has found
that patients who regularly visit
their GP over a prolonged period
and receive lipid-modulating
treatment see significant reductions
in their low-density lipoprotein
cholesterol (LDL-C) and total
cholesterol (TC) levels.
The study also found that lipid levels
are sub-optimal despite modest
improvements over the study
period.1 Australia's Cholesterol
Crossroads: an analysis of 199,331
GP patient cholesterol records from
2004 to mid-2009 contains the
findings of the largest contemporary
study of lipid levels in primary care
undertaken in Australia.
The study, which was sponsored by
AstraZeneca and released by Baker
IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute,
found that more than one in three
primary care patients had less
than desirable TC and high density
lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C)
levels1 and more than half had sub-
optimal LDL-C levels.1
'If these data are a true indication
of lipid levels in primary care
patients, then many Australians
remain at increased risk of
preventable cardiovascular disease
(CVD). Furthermore, the study also
shows a small upward inflection in
TC levels in the first half of 2009.
Whether this indicates a reversal of
some encouraging trends requires
' said Professor
Simon Stewart, co-author of the
report and Head of Preventative
Health at Baker IDI Heart and
1. Carrington, M and Stewart S. Australia's
Cholesterol Crossroads: An analysis of 199,331 GP
patient cholesterol records from 2004 to mid-2009.
Jan 2011, Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute,
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