Korean J Fam Pract. 2018; 8(1): 8-14  https://doi.org/10.21215/kjfp.2018.8.1.8
Cardiovascular Risk of One-Person Households
Seung-Bum Shim1, Kyung-Moo Lee1, Kwang-Won Lee1, Jae-Min Jeong1,*, Yun-Soo Park1, Seung-Yong Shin2
1Department of Family Medicine, Yeosu Chonnam Hospital, Yeosu; 2Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Chosun University Hospital, Gwangju, Korea
Jae-Min Jeong
Tel: +82-61-640-7575, Fax: +82-61-643-2628
E-mail: mdjjm@naver.com
ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5482-7036
Received: February 28, 2017; Revised: August 12, 2017; Accepted: August 21, 2017; Published online: February 20, 2018.
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Background: Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death among Koreans. This study hypothesized that one-person households would have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease.
Methods: Data were obtained from the 6th Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2013). Study subjects were divided into two groups: one-person households and others. Patients with a history of stroke, myocardial infarction, angina, kidney disease, or age less than 19 years were excluded. Cardiovascular risk assessment was performed using a combination of Framingham risk and metabolic syndrome scores. We estimated cardiovascular risk as low in the absence of metabolic syndrome and low Framingham risk (below 10%); otherwise, we estimated cardiovascular risk as high. We used multivariate logistic regression analysis to investigate the correlation between one-person households and cardiovascular risk.
Results: There was a statistically significant correlation between one-person households and high cardiovascular risk (odds ratio, 1.465; 95% confidence interval, 1.044−2.057; P=0.028).
Conclusion: There was a statistically significant association between one-person households and higher cardiovascular risk. The causal relationship must be determined with follow-up studies.
Keywords: One-Person Household; Metabolic Syndome; Cardiovascular Disease; Risk Factors
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