Attitudes and behavior of peripheral arterial disease patients toward influencing their physiciangs prescription of cholesterol-lowering medication

Mary M. McDermott, Kathleen M. Mazor, George Reed, Sherry Pagoto, Rex Graff, Philip Merriam, Melina Kibbe, Philip Greenland, Judy Ockene, Barbara Olendzki, Tao Huimin Tao, Ira Ockene

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Among 355 peripheral arterial disease (PAD) patients with low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels ĝ‰¥ 70 mg/dl, we assessed knowledge regarding optimal LDL levels and the importance of LDL-C-lowering therapy. We also assessed PAD participantsg behaviors and attitudes regarding their engagement with their physician in treatment decisions for LDL-C lowering. The average baseline LDL-C level of participants was 103.4 mg/dl ± 30.7 mg/dl. Seventy-six percent of participants were taking at least one cholesterol-lowering medication. Sixty-six percent were unable to define their optimal LDL-C. Only 47% strongly agreed that their own actions and decisions could reduce their LDL-C. Just 29.8% were aware that patients who request specific medications from their physician were more likely to receive them, and 16% had asked their physician whether they should be taking more cholesterol-lowering medication. These findings suggest that further study is needed to identify effective interventions to educate PAD patients and their physicians about the importance of cholesterol-lowering therapy and to encourage PAD patients to participate with their physician in decisions regarding cholesterol-lowering treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-90
Number of pages8
JournalVascular Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2010



  • Atherosclerosis
  • Cholesterol
  • Intermittent claudication
  • Peripheral vascular disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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