Risk Factors Distribution and Cardiovascular Disease Prevalence in a Representative Sample of Italian Population: The CHECK Study

15 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2008 Last revised: 30 Mar 2010

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Ovidio Brignoli

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Manuela Casula

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Alberico Catapano

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Claudio Alberto Cricelli

Simg

Giampiero Favato

Institute of Leadership and Management in Health - Kingston University

Alessandro Filippi

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Andrea Poli

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Elena Tragni

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: November 30, 2008

Abstract

The assessment of cardiovascular risk represents the essential prerequisite to any health policy aimed to the reduction of modifiable risk factors.The CHECK (Cholesterol and Health: Education, Control and Knowledge) Study originated from this context: CHECK is the first randomized Italian epidemiological study conducted in primary care, composed of a cross-sectional and a longitudinal phase. The main objective is to evaluate the distribution of cardiovascular risk factors and the prevalence of clinically evident cardiovascular disease in a representative sample of the Italian adult population aged 40-79 years.

After the final database clean-up, 5,846 subjects were included in the analysis.Data presented refer to socio-demographic and lifestyle characteristics, educational level, occupational status, anthropometric and vital parameters and biochemical levels, prevalence of cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes and metabolic syndrome and family history for cardiovascular disease and other conditions, cardiovascular risk status. The epidemiological data resulting from the CHECK sample have been compared to other population data available in Italy, such as epidemiological studies (Seven Countries, MONICA, Atlante), and statistical data (ISTAT).

The CHECK study provides a detailed, in depth description of a significant sample of the Italian population, contributing to evaluate the prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors and the main cardiovascular pathologies.

Keywords: Cardiovascular, risk, factors, Italy

JEL Classification: H51, I12, I18

Suggested Citation

Brignoli, Ovidio and Casula, Manuela and Catapano, Alberico and Cricelli, Claudio Alberto and Favato, Giampiero and Filippi, Alessandro and Poli, Andrea and Tragni, Elena, Risk Factors Distribution and Cardiovascular Disease Prevalence in a Representative Sample of Italian Population: The CHECK Study (November 30, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1309284 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1309284

Ovidio Brignoli

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Manuela Casula

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Alberico Catapano

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Claudio Alberto Cricelli

Simg ( email )

Pignoncino11
Firenze, 50142
Italy

Giampiero Favato (Contact Author)

Institute of Leadership and Management in Health - Kingston University ( email )

Kingston Hill
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT2 7LB
United Kingdom

Alessandro Filippi

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Andrea Poli

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Elena Tragni

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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