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Spouse correlations in cardiovascular risk factors and the effect of marriage duration.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8533746     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Spouse correlations in cardiovascular risk factors were investigated using data on 2,836 spouse pairs collected in the Busselton Population Health Surveys over the period 1966-1981. The risk factors considered were systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, body mass index, triceps fatfold, cholesterol, and forced expiratory volume (1 second). Statistically significant positive correlations (p < 0.01) were found for all (age-adjusted) variables. There was a statistically significant decreasing trend in the correlations for systolic blood pressure with marriage duration (trend p < 0.01). Although no other variables showed statistically significant trends, the correlations for diastolic blood pressure (p = 0.29), body mass index (p = 0.14), and forced expiratory volume (p = 0.16) also decreased with marriage duration, and correlations for cholesterol (p = 0.61) and triceps fatfold (p = 0.99) increased with marriage duration. These results suggest that there is spousal concordance in cardiovascular risk factors. The lack of consistent increasing trends in the correlations with marriage duration suggests that assortative mating may be a more likely explanation than the sharing of a common environment.
Authors:
M W Knuiman; M L Divitini; H C Bartholomew; T A Welborn
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of epidemiology     Volume:  143     ISSN:  0002-9262     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Epidemiol.     Publication Date:  1996 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-01-30     Completed Date:  1996-01-30     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7910653     Medline TA:  Am J Epidemiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  48-53     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Public Health, University of Western Australia, Nedlands, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Blood Pressure
Body Mass Index
Cardiovascular Diseases / blood,  epidemiology*
Cholesterol / blood
Cross-Sectional Studies
Female
Forced Expiratory Volume
Humans
Male
Marital Status
Marriage / statistics & numerical data*
Middle Aged
Risk Factors
Spouses*
Time Factors
Western Australia / epidemiology
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
57-88-5/Cholesterol

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