Table 7

Independent correlates of systolic blood pressure determined by using multivariate linear regression (GEE)

Variable

Parameter estimate

95% CI

P value


Age (years)

0.41

0.35, 0.48

< 0.0001

SLEDAI-2K scorea

0.39

0.28, 0.50

< 0.0001

Antihypertensives

6.44

4.94, 7.94

< 0.0001

Hypercholesterolemia

3.78

2.50, 5.05

< 0.0001


GEE, generalized estimating equations; CI, confidence interval.

All variables were measured coincident with measurement of total cholesterol.

aSLE Disease Activity Index 2000; scores range from 0 to 105, with higher scores indicating more-active disease.

Antihypertensives include all classes of drugs used to lower blood pressure.

Hypercholesterolemia defined as total plasma cholesterol > 5.2 mmol/L.

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

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