Table 3

Proportion of patients with normal and elevateda total cholesterol (TC), systolic blood pressure (SBP), and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) at baseline and during follow-up

Variable

Elevated at study start

n (%)

Persistently normal

n (%)

Persistently elevated

n (%)

Varying

n (%)

Visits elevated (%)


TCa

528 (41.9)

334 (26.5)

111 (8.8)

815 (64.7)

36

SBP (mm Hg)

153 (12.1)

725 (58.0)

15 (1.2)

520 (41.3)

12

DBP (mm Hg)

114 (9.1)

804 (64.0)

7 (0.6)

449 (35.6)

7

BP (mm Hg)

190 (15.1)

654 (51.9)

21 (1.7)

585 (46.4)

14


aElevated TC is defined as > 5.2 mmol/L. Elevated SBP is defined as ≥ 140 mm Hg. Elevated DBP is defined as ≥ 90 mm Hg. Elevated BP is defined as either SBP ≥ 140 mm Hg or DBP ≥ 90 mm Hg.

Nikpour et al. Arthritis Research & Therapy 2010 12:R125   doi:10.1186/ar3063

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