Table 3

Prevalence of Baseline Cardiovascular Health Categories in the ARIC Study Participants Free of Cardiovascular Disease, 1987 to 1989

Cardiovascular Health CategoryNo. of Poor Health MetricsNo. of Intermediate Health MetricsNo. of Ideal Health MetricsPrevalence
Total, % (n = 12,744)African Americans,% (n = 3,107)Whites, % (n = 9,637)
Ideal health0070.10.00.2
Intermediate health01–70–617.46.520.9
Poor health1–7AnyAny82.593.578.9
(1)(28.3)(17.7)(31.7)
(2)(26.3)(27.6)(25.8)
(3)(17.9)(27.3)(14.9)
(4–7)(10.0)(20.9)(6.5)
  • Ideal health is all 7 health metrics at ideal levels.

  • Intermediate health is at least 1 of 7 health metrics at intermediate levels, but no poor health metrics.

  • Poor health is at least 1 of 7 health metrics at a poor level. Subgroups of poor health are shown in parentheses.