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Type: Journal article
Title: Prevalence of coronary heart disease and cardiovascular risk factors in a sample of older Australians: Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing
Author: Harris, J.
Giles, L.
Finucane, P.
Andrews, G.
Citation: Australasian Journal on Ageing, 2004; 23(1):25-32
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Asia
Issue Date: 2004
ISSN: 1440-6381
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Josephine Harris, Lynne Giles, Paul Finucane and Gary Andrews
Abstract: Objectives: To describe the prevalence of coronary heart disease (CHD) and characterise cardiovascular risk factors in elderly Australians. Methods: At entry into the Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ALSA), 1075 participants aged 70 years and over provided cardiovascular data by questionnaire, clinical assessment and laboratory measurements. Results and Conclusion: A total of 201 participants (18.7%) were defined as having CHD, 138 participants (12.9%) had diabetes and 652 (61.3%) had systolic hypertension. Prevalent CHD was associated with male sex, older age, lower high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, low diastolic blood pressure and use of antihypertensive medication. While many ‘traditional’ cardiovascular risk factors were not significantly associated with CHD in this cross-sectional analysis, follow-up of this sample will allow a longitudinal assessment of their relationship with CHD in older Australians.
DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2004.00005.x
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