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Table 2 Characteristics of the sample at baseline according to experimental groups

From: Supervised training in primary care units but not self-directed physical activity lowered cardiovascular risk in Brazilian low-income patients: a controlled trial

 FA (n = 81)DA (n = 43)PI (n = 48)p-value
Chronological age, years59.4 ± 7.657.0 ± 11.257.0 ± 10.70.245
BMI, kg/m230.2 ± 5.831.0 ± 6.230.5 ± 6.20.806
Total cholesterol, mg/Dl204.9 ± 43.7199.6 ± 38.6201.3 ± 54.90.065
HDL-C, mg/dL50.6 ± 13.349.3 ± 12.146.6 ± 13.80.270
LDL-C, mg/dL126.3 ± 37.8123.7 ± 34.7121.8 ± 52.00.190
Triglycerides, mg/dL141.6 ± 55.1133.0 ± 59.0164.9 ± 95.00.651
SBP, mmHg132.2 ± 17.0135.4 ± 15.8131.9 ± 17.80.401
DBP, mmHg82.8 ± 10.084.7 ± 6.784.8 ± 7.70.373
Framingham Risk Score0.16 ± 0.120.14 ± 0.130.16 ± 0.120.134
  1. Note. FA formally active (intervention group), DA active controls (self-directed physical activity), PI inactive controls. BMI body mass index, HDL-C high density lipoprotein – cholesterol, HDL-C low density lipoprotein – cholesterol, SBP systolic blood pressure, DBP diastolic blood pressure. Data are reported as mean ± standard deviation