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Prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors in a population of Brazilian industry workers



Prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors in a population of Brazilian industry workers



Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia 92(1): 16-22



Determining the cardiovascular risk factors is essential for the primary and secondary prevention of circulatory system diseases. To obtain the prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors in a population of industry workers in Brazil. Transversal cohort study, with a sociodemographic interview to identify cardiovascular risk factors, anthropometric and blood pressure measurements and capillary blood collection for blood glucose, cholesterol and triglyceride measurement in food industry workers of both sexes. A total of 1,047 workers were assessed, with 913 (87%) of them being males, with a mean age of 36 +/- 8 years. The frequency of a sedentary lifestyle was 83% and of overweight, 63%. Systemic arterial hypertension was identified in 28% of the individuals and 45% were in the pre-hypertension range. Alterations in the blood glucose levels were identified in 49% of the participants, as well as high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in 7% and 11% of the population, respectively. The body mass index (BMI) levels were not associated to income, but there was an inverse association with the level of schooling. Overweight and a sedentary lifestyle are the main cardiovascular risk factors in a population of industry workers.

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