Table 1

Baseline characteristics of individuals free of stroke, dementia and parkinsonism

All individuals (n=12 102)Men
(n=5120)
Women
(n=6982)
Age in years, mean (SD)64.4 (9.4)63.8 (8.8)64.9 (9.8)
Educational level, n (%)
  Primary1943 (16.1%)577 (11.3%)1366 (19.6%)
  Lower4820 (39.8%)1494 (29.2%)3326 (47.6%)
  Further3306 (27.3%)1844 (36.0%)1462 (20.9%)
  Higher1848 (15.3%)1144 (22.3%)704 (10.1%)
Smoking, n (%)
  Never3894 (32.2%)723 (14.1%)3171 (45.4%)
  Past5256 (43.4%)2898 (56.6%)2358 (33.8%)
  Current2871 (23.7%)1476 (28.8%)1395 (20.0%)
Systolic blood pressure in mm Hg, mean (SD)138 (22)139 (21)137 (22)
Diastolic blood pressure in mm Hg, mean (SD)77 (12)78 (12)76 (12)
Hypertension, n (%)6481 (53.6)2744 (53.6)3737 (53.5)
Depression, n (%)801 (6.6%)195 (3.8%)606 (8.7%)
Atrial fibrillation, n (%)599 (4.9%)309 (6.0%)290 (4.2%)
Type 2 diabetes, n (%)1124 (9.3%)574 (11.2%)550 (7.9%)
Total cholesterol, mmol/L6.18 (1.24)5.91 (1.18)6.39 (1.24)
High-density lipoprotein cholesterol, mmol/L1.38 (0.39)1.22 (0.33)1.49 (0.40)
Hypercholesterolaemia, n (%)5489 (45.4)1842 (36.0)3647 (52.2)
APOEgenotype, n (%)
  ε2/ε2 or ε2/ε31510 (12.5%)605 (11.8%)905 (13.0%)
  ε3/ε36675 (55.2%)2874 (56.1%)3801 (54.4%)
  ε2/ε4, ε3/ε4 or ε4/ε43239 (26.8%)1400 (27.3%)1839(26.4%)
  • APOE, Aapolipoprotein E.