Risk Factors Related to Low Ankle-Brachial Index Measured by Traditional and Modified Definition in Hypertensive Elderly Patients
OBJECTIVE To investigate the relationship between various lipid parameters and the presence of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). METHODS Cross-sectional analysis of the observational epidemiological getABI study (German epidemiological trial on Ankle Brachial Index) with 6,880 unselected elderly patients in 344 primary care centers. RESULTS In the multivariate analysis, the strength of the association between the various lipid parameters and PAD was found to be generally limited, when accounting for other risk factors. CONCLUSION These findings are in contrast to previous studies. While lipid levels alone cannot be used for supporting the PAD diagnosis or the risk factor for these patients, this should not preclude PAD patients from receiving adequate lipid lowering treatment.