Concerns have been raised that high cardiovascular (CVD) risk is not always recognized in women and treated effectively enough. We aimed to analyze, whether there are differences between men and women in the prevalence, underlying causes and treatment of high CVD risk.
A cross-sectional analysis of data from population-based health examination surveys was conducted.
Pooled data from the population-based National FINRISK Surveys from the years 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2007 were used. Subjects with any of the following were considered as having high-risk: history of a major CVD event, prevalent diabetes or 10-year risk of CVD = 20% calculated according to the Framingham equation.
We identified 835 (46.0% women) high-risk subjects in the age group 25-54 years and 3587 (27.3% women) in the age group 55-74 years. In the younger age group men had more often prevalent CVD (29.3% vs 7.8%, p