Table 2

Characteristics of the patients with a high risk and a low risk

Female, n (%)Age in years, mean (SD)Smokers, n (%)Comorbiditya, n (%)>2 Oral drugs, n (%)>2 Oral cardiovascular drugs, n (%)Cardiovascular disease in family, n (%)
High risk (n = 217)105 (48.4)64.5 (7.3)55 (25.5)113 (32.8)142 (65.4)32 (14.7)123 (56.7)
Low risk (n = 345)214 (62.0)54.5 (8.5)53 (15.4)84 (38.7)196 (56.8)25 (7.2)139 (40.3)
Advice to continue medication (n = 201)122 (60.7)55.4 (9.0)38 (18.9)74 (36.8)112 (55.7)14 (7.0)81 (40.3)
Advice to stop medication (n = 144)92 (63.9)53.2 (7.7)15 (10.4)39 (27.1)84 (58.3)11 (7.6)58 (40.3)
Still stopped after 6 months (n = 80)50 (62.5)51.8 (7.0)6 (7.5)23 (28.8)21 (26.3)1 (1.3)33 (41.3)
Restarted within 6 months (n = 55)36 (65.5)53.9 (7.9)8 (14.5)13 (23.6)16 (29.1)7 (12.7)23 (41.8)
Not stopped (n = 9)6 (66.7)58.7 (7.6)1 (11.1)3 (33.3)4 (44.4)3 (33.3)2 (22.2)
  • SD = standard deviation.

  • a Asthma/chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), digestive, urogenital, psychosomatic, and/or musculoskeletal problems.