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Table 1 Distribution (means and %) of the variables by the ratio total cholesterol and HDL, n = 6147

From: The ratio of total cholesterol to high density lipoprotein cholesterol and myocardial infarction in Women’s health in the Lund area (WHILA): a 17-year follow-up cohort study

Variable   TC/HDL-C category
Totals ≤3.5 > 3.5 - ≤ 4.0 > 4.0 - ≤ 5 > 5.0
Number of women (%) 6147 3326 (54.0) 981 (16.0) 1115 (18.2) 725 (11.9)
Ratio TC/HDL-C (mean) 3.66 2.84 3.73 4.43 6.15
TC (mean; mmol/L) 5.95 5.58 6.07 6.35 6.90
HDL-C (mean; mmol/L) 1.73 1.99 1.63 1.44 1.15
Age, mean (years) 56.4 56.2 56.6 56.7 56.7
Age groups (years)
 50–54 (%) 31.7 34.6 26.8 28.8 29.5
 55–59 (%) 49.7 49.1 53.8 49.4 47.5
 60–64 (%) 18.6 16.3 19.4 21.8 23.0
Education
 Low-Middle (%) 64.6 62.5 67.0 74.3 65.4
 High (%) 35.4 37.5 33.0 25.7 34.6
Smoking
 Non-smoker (%) 59.2 62.8 59.3 55.5 48.2
 Former smoker (%) 20.1 20.6 20.9 18.8 19.2
 Daily smoker (%) 20.7 16.6 19.8 25.7 32.6
WHR
 Small (≤0.78) (%) 54.7 66.0 53.1 41.0 26.3
 Large (> 0.78) (%) 45.3 34.0 46.9 59.0 73.7
Blood pressure
 SBP < 140 & DBP < 90 mmHg (%) 52.2 56.4 53.4 46.4 40.8
 SBP 140–149 or DBP 90–99 mmHg (%) 27.1 25.3 25.9 30.5 31.6
 SBP ≥ 150 or DBP ≥ 100 mmHg (%) 20.7 18.3 20.7 23.1 27.6
NDI
 Deprived areas (%) 69.8 68.7 68.6 71.7 73.3
 Affluent areas (%) 30.2 31.3 31.4 26.7 26.7
  1. TC Total cholesterol, HDL High-density-lipoprotein cholesterol, TC/HDL-C Total-cholesterol-to-HDL ratio, WHR Waist-hip-ratio, SBP Systolic blood pressure, DBP Diastolic blood pressure, NDI Neighborhood deprivation index