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Table 2 Selected characteristics of the study sample (N = 1484)

From: Stressful life events and current psychological distress are associated with self-reported hypertension but not with true hypertension: results from a cross-sectional population-based study

Characteristics  
Age, years 48.8 ± 19.3
Women 869 (58.6%)
White skin color 1090 (73.5%)
Years at school 8.9 ± 4.7
Strong parental history of hypertension (both parents) 164 (11.1%)
Body mass index, Kg/m2 26.6 ± 5.4
Alcohol abuse* 145 (9.8%)
Physical activity (IPAQ)  
   Low 494 (33.3%)
   Moderate 527 (35.5%)
   High 463 (31.2%)
Systolic blood pressure, mmHg 126.8 ± 22.0
Diastolic blood pressure, mmHg 76.9 ± 12.1
Hypertension** 600 (40.4%)
Aware of hypertension 489 (33%)
Blood pressure ≥ 140/90 mmHg 394 (26.5%)
  1. Values are mean ± SD or number (percentage).
  2. * alcohol abuse ≥ 30 g/day (men)/15 g/day (women)
  3. ** Blood pressure ≥ 140/90 mmHg or use of blood pressure-lowering medication