D.S. Health and Human Services is warning patients with high cholesterol levels in the city’s hospitals to see a doctor.
The agency’s website states the highest levels of the blood pressure-lowering medication are found in the neighborhoods of Georgetown and Woodbridge.
The number of patients receiving treatment is higher than the national average.
The website states, “We’ve found that the prevalence of high blood cholesterol levels is greater in neighborhoods of the city of Georgetown than in the surrounding neighborhoods of Woodbridge, Woodbridge Heights, and Woodstock.”
The agency is asking patients to contact their doctor and ask them to order a test, as well as to contact the D.A. and the Department of Health and Senior Services, which are responsible for overseeing the city.
The D.D.A.’s office for health and human services says it’s also asking doctors to see patients at the local hospitals, as the D’s medical unit is staffed by doctors from other cities.
The office also says it has asked the Department for Health and Mental Hygiene to review the use of the drug.
The department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A statement issued Monday by the agency says it is continuing to review data from the Washington, D.O.I. community and will update the public once it has more information.
The statement said the department is also working with hospitals in Woodbridge and Georgetown to assess the effectiveness of new tests for high blood-sugar levels.
It also said the agency is working to expand its efforts to reduce the number of D.U.H.S.-insured patients.
The District is not the only city facing a health crisis with high levels of blood pressure.
In May, a federal judge ordered a federal investigation into whether health care workers in Minneapolis and Washington, DC, were using the drug, diltiazem, for treating high blood pressures and other conditions.
In June, a lawsuit was filed in federal court in Maryland on behalf of a woman with a rare form of cancer.