Table 1

Baseline characteristics

CharacteristicTotal patients
n=422
Demographics
 Age (mean, SD)69.7±6.5
 Male (n, %)186 (44.1)
 Low education (n, %)53 (12.6)
 Having a partner (n, %)327 (77.5)
Lifestyle
 Current smoker (n, %)54 (12.8)
 Regular alcohol use (n, %)*135 (32.0)
 Recommended physical exercise (n, %)†68 (16.1)
Clinical characteristics and risk factors
 Previous MI (n, %)19 (4.5)
 Peripheral artery disease (n, %)18 (4.3)
 Previous TIA/stroke (n, %)36 (8.5)
 Diabetes (n, %)39 (9.2)
 BMI (mean, SD)‡28±4.6
 BNP (median, IQR)§10(6–18)
 Total cholesterol (mean, SD)¶5.1±1.0
 LDL (mean, SD)3.1±0.9
 SBP (mean, SD)149±20.2
 SBP >140 (n, %)281 (66.6)
 SBP >150 (n, %)185 (43.8)
 DBP (mean, SD)81.8±10.8
 DBP >90 (n, %)86 (20.4)
 Blood pressure on target (n, %)**175 (41.5)
 Years of hypertension (median, IQR)¶10(4–15)
  • Values for categorical variables are given as number (percentage); values for continuous variables are given as mean±SD or median (IQR).

  • *Defined as ≥2 glasses of alcohol per day on average.

  • †Defined as ≥30 min exercise per day, at least five 5 days/week.

  • ‡n=418.

  • §n=400.

  • ¶n=407 due to missing data.

  • **On-target systolic blood pressure defined as <140 mm Hg for persons aged less than 70 years and <150 mm Hg for persons aged 70 years or more.

  • BMI, body mass index; BNP, brain natriuretic peptide; DBP, diastolic blood pressure; LDL, low-density lipoprotein; MI, myocardial infarction; SBP, systolic blood pressure; TIA, transient ischaemic attack.