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Table 3 Age- and gender-standardized proportions of participants in the MSLS (n = 673) and ORISCAV-LUX (n = 1145), with poor, intermediate and ideal health for each health component, and for the global Cardiovascular Health Score

From: Cardiovascular health: a cross-national comparison between the Maine Syracuse Study (Central New York, USA) and ORISCAV-LUX (Luxembourg)

Cardiovascular Health component Definition1 Central New York MSLS (%) Luxembourg ORISCAV-LUX (%) p-value
BMI     
 Poor ≥30 kg/m2 43.0 25.4 <0.001
 Intermediate 25-29.9 kg/m2 34.5 35.0 0.88
 Ideal <25 kg/m2 22.5 39.6 <0.001
Smoking     
 Poor Current smoker 16.6 18.8 0.43
 Intermediate Former smoker, quit < 12 months 54.5 28.6 <0.001
 Ideal Never or quit > 12 months 29.0 52.6 <0.001
Physical activity     
 Poor No physical activity 10.6 11.9 0.58
 Intermediate 1-149 min/wk moderate intensity activity2 30.0 19.8 0.001
 Ideal ≥ 150 min/wk moderate intensity activity3 59.5 68.3 0.013
Fasting plasma glucose     
 Poor ≥126 mg/dL 5.6 4.8 0.48
 Intermediate 100-125 mg/dL or treated to goal 15.4 21.4 0.021
 Ideal <100 mg/dL 79.0 73.8 0.056
Total cholesterol     
 Poor ≥240 mg/dL 11.6 19.6 <0.001
 Intermediate 200-239 mg/dL or treated to goal 37.4 33.5 0.20
 Ideal <200 mg/dL 51.0 46.9 0.21
Blood pressure     
 Poor Systolic BP ≥140 or diastolic BP ≥90 mm Hg 18.4 38.5 <0.001
 Intermediate Systolic BP 120–139 or diastolic BP 80–80 mm Hg or treated to goal 33.0 38.6 0.10
 Ideal <120/80 mm Hg 48.6 23.0 <0.001
RFS4     
 Poor 0-7 34.5 11.8 <0.001
 Intermediate 8-11 48.8 45.5 0.34
 Ideal 12-18 16.7 42.8 <0.001
non-RFS5     
 Poor 5-13 24.9 18.4 0.047
 Intermediate 3-4 45.5 42.7 0.41
 Ideal 0-2 29.6 38.9 0.005
Global CHS     
 Low 0-2 components in ideal range 19.6 15.2 0.12
 Medium 3-5 components in ideal range 65.2 64.1 0.76
 High 6-8 components in ideal range 15.2 20.6 0.049
  1. 1Definitions according to the American Heart Association except for diet score, for adults >20 years of age.
  2. 2Or 1–74 min/wk vigorous intensity activity.
  3. 3Or ≥75 min/wk vigorous intensity activity.
  4. 4RFS scored out of 18, with higher scores indicating a higher consumption of recommended foods to increase.
  5. 5non-RFS scored out of 13, with higher scores indicating a higher consumption of foods recommended to reduce.