Table 1

Sample descriptive statistics (n=5618)

VariableCategories%
StatinsYes30.2
No69.8
Age (years)50–6460.3
65–7426.5
75+13.2
SexFemale53.6
Male46.4
EducationPrimary/none25.6
Secondary41.3
Third level/higher33.1
Income (per annum)<€10 0009.8
≥ €10 000, < €20 00018.7
≥ €20 000, < €40 00034.2
≥ €40 000, < €70 00020.3
≥ €70 000, < €2 000 000 8.8
Missing8.2
Social classProfessional, managerial and technical workers24.9
Non-manual and skilled manual workers21.0
Semi-skilled and unskilled workers11.6
Farmers5.7
Not applicable26.3
Unknown and refused10.6
InsuranceNo cover10.4
Medical insurance43.6
Medical card46.0
General practitioner visits012.6
1–236.9
3–426.6
5–611.5
7+12.4
PolypharmacyNo80.0
Yes20.0
Lives withLiving alone60.3
Living with spouse/partner26.5
Living with others13.2
LocationDublin city or town26.3
Another town or city27.3
Rural area46.5
IndicationMyocardial infarction4.5
Ischaemic heart disease3.2
Stroke2.7
Potential atherosclerotic conditions8.7
Diabetes5.0
Hypertension23.0
High cholesterol17.0
No cardiovascular disease-related diagnosis36.0
  • Source: Analysis of The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing wave 1 data.