cholesterol and blood pressure, or to prevent blood clots.
But they may not have been on the optimal doses or combinations of medication, Van Trier says.
And then there were the lifestyle factors, which can have a particular impact on blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar.
Van Trier presented the findings at the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology, being held online.
Dr. Andrew Freeman, a cardiologist says it begs an important question.
“Why aren’t we being more aggressive in risk factor control?” Freeman, who directs cardiovascular prevention and wellness at National Jewish Health in Denver asks.
Like Van Trier, he says that simply being on medication may not be enough: When patients’ numbers are not where they should be, adjustments to medication doses and combinations may be necessary.
Just as important, though, is exercise, a healthy diet and weight management. Freeman encourages patients to move toward a