Cardiovascular Health

Cholesterol level testing (ages 55-74 years)

Individuals who had at least one cholesterol-level test in the measurement year (numerator), among Individuals aged 55-74 years (denominator)

Rational:

Atherosclerosis, which may lead to acute myocardial infraction and stroke, is a disease in which plaque builds up inside arteries, causing them to harden and narrow over time. One of the main causes for plaque accumulation has been shown to be high blood-cholesterol levels [1]. The current Israeli guidelines (March 2018) set target values for LDL-cholesterol in individuals according to their level of risk for heart disease [2]. This approach is based on the strong evidence for the existence of a causal relationship between blood LDL-cholesterol levels and cardiovascular morbidity, shown by numerous randomized trials that explored the efficacy and safety of cholesterol-lowering treatment [3], and is in accordance with the recommendations of the European Society of Cardiology and the European Atherosclerosis Society [4].

Numerator:

Individuals in the denominator who had at least one cholesterol-level test in the measurement year

Denominator

Individuals aged 55-74 years

Notes:

None

Notes:

[1] Silverman MG et al., Association between Lowering LDL-C and Cardiovascular Risk Reduction among Different Therapeutic Interventions: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA. 2016 Sep 27;316(12):1289-97. doi: 10.1001/jama.2016.13985.
[2] In Hebrew: עדכון ההנחיות לטיפול בהיפרליפידמיה 2014 - עיקרי ההמלצות. החברה לחקר, מניעה וטיפול בטרשת העורקים, האיגוד לקרדיולוגיה בישראל, האיגוד הישראלי לרפואה פנימית, איגוד רופאי המשפחה, החברה הישראלית ליתר לחץ דם, האגודה הישראלית לסוכרת, האיגוד לנירולוגיה בישראל, העמותה הרפואית למניעה ולגמילה מעישון בישראל, והחברה הישראלית לתזונה קלינית
[3] Cholesterol Treatment Trialists’ (CTT) Collaborators. Efficacy and safety of more intensive lowering of LDL cholesterol: a meta-analysis of data from 170,000 participants in 26 randomised trials. Lancet. 2010; 37:1670-81.
[4] Catapano AL, Reiner Z, De Backer G, et al. ESC/EAS Guidelines for the management of dyslipidaemias: the Task Force for the management of dyslipidaemias of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the European Atherosclerosis Society (EAS). Atherosclerosis. 2011; 217:3-46

Results:
Cholesterol level testing (ages 55-74 years) by year
Cholesterol level testing (ages 55-74 years) by socio-economic position (1-lowest, 4-highest) and sex


National Program for Quality Indicators in Community Healthcare
התכנית הלאומית למדדי איכות לרפואת הקהילה בישראל