Table 1

Baseline characteristics of the study population (n = 146)
Interventionn = 71 Controln = 75
Sociodemographic characteristics
Mean age, years 60.4 (13.1) 59.6 (8.4)
Gender male, n (%) 60 (84.5) 53 (70.7)
 Education Lower education, n (%) 20 (28.6) 27 (37.0)
 Intermediate education, n (%) 32 (45.7) 27 (37.0)
 Higher education, n (%) 18 (25.7) 19 (26.0)
Marital or cohabitation status, n (%) 49 (69.0) 54 (72.0)
Working status: Paid job, n (%) 23 (32.4) 28 (37.3)
Ethnic minority, n (%) 8 (11.3) 12 (16.0)
Prognostic factors
Clinical characteristics of CVD
Cardiology patients, n (%) 60 (84.5) 63 (84.0)
 NYHA I a 34 (47.9) 30 (40.0)
 NYHA II a 24 (33.8) 30 (40.0)
 NYHA III a 2 (2.8) 3 (4.0)
Vascular patients, n (%) 11 (15.5) 12 (16.0)
 PAV I b 4 (5.6) 5 (6.7)
 PAV II b 6 (8.5) 6 (8.0)
 PAV III b 1 (1.4) 0 (0.0)
Angina Pectoris, n (%) 6 (8.5%) 5 (6.7)
Myocardial Infarction, n (%) 58 (81.7) 62 (82.7)
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft, n (%) 26 (36.6) 23 (30.7)
Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, n (%) 31 (43.7) 38 (50.7)
Cerebrovascular Accident, n (%) 9 (12.7) 4 (5.3)
Comorbidity Diabetes Mellitus, n (%) 18 (25.4) 14 (18.7)
At risk for depression (CES-D score ≥ 16), n (%) 19 (26.8) 20 (26.7)
Family history of CVD 31 (43.7) 34 (45.3)

Numbers are mean (SD) unless stated otherwise.

CVD = cardiovascular disease; aNYHA category among cardiology patients; bPAV category among vascular patients.

IJzelenberg et al.

IJzelenberg et al. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2012 12:71   doi:10.1186/1471-2261-12-71

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