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Table 2 Comparison of mean values of the cardiovascular risk factors among the homeless and the general Czech population

From: Higher prevalence of smoking and lower BMI, waist circumference, cholesterol and triacylglyceride levels in Prague's homeless compared to a majority of the Czech population

Cardiovascular risk factors in men Homeless, n = 162
mean (SD)
General population, n = 1,408
mean (SD)
p value
age (yrs) 43.0 (9.7) 46.5 (10.9) < 0.001
BMI (kg/m2) 24.4 (3.9) 28.2 (4.4) < 0.001
waist circumference (cm) 88.1 (10.5) 97.3 (11.9) < 0.001
total cholesterol (mmol/l) 4.6 (0.9) 5.9 (1.1) < 0.001
triglycerides (mmol/l) 1.2 (0.9) 2.0 (1.4) < 0.001
length of smoking (yrs) 22.6 (9.9) (n = 140) 24.8 (10.7) (n = 539) n.s.
number of cigarettes per day 17.3 (9.2) (n = 149) 17.2 (8.8) (n = 505) n.s.
Cardiovascular risk factors in women Homeless, n = 24
mean (SD)
General population, n = 543
mean (SD)
p value
age (yrs) 40.1 (8.8) 42.4 (8.1) n.s.
BMI (kg/m2) 24.3 (5.2) 27.2 (5.6) < 0.05
waist circumference (cm) 78.3 (11.4) 83.7 (13.0) < 0.05
total cholesterol (mmol/l) 4.9 (0.8) 5.7 (1.1) < 0.001
triglycerides (mmol/l) 1.0 (0.3) 1.4 (0.8) < 0.001
length of smoking (yrs) 24.2 (6.9) (n = 17) 20.3 (8.4) (n = 192) 0.07
number of cigarettes per day 13.7 (8.1) (n = 20) 11.7 (6.4) (n = 177) n.s.
  1. p values hold after the adjustment for age