Outpatient physician practices vary in how they manage heart disease risk factors such as cholesterol, blood pressure and smoking, according to a Duke University study of 18 primary care and cardiology practices. Data showed the percentage of patients with controlled hypertension ranged from about 59% to 75%, while the number of patients with diabetes who kept LDL cholesterol levels in check ranged from 54% to 100%. The findings were presented at the American Heart Association meeting.

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