Worksite Prevalence of (un)Diagnosed Cardiovascular Risk Factors From a Health-Check-Program in An Austrian Company

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This investigation aims to determine cardiovascular disease risk profile in a cohort of employees.


In 704 participants, within the Special Institute for Preventive Cardiology And Nutrition health-check-program, body mass index, waist circumference, blood pressure (BP), lipids, glucose, and 10-year cardiovascular disease risk were assessed.


Mean age was 37 (10) years (20% women) with 25.5 (3.9) kg/m2. A total of 38% demonstrated overweight, 44% abdominal obesity, 12% obesity, and 19% metabolic syndrome. We found a significant difference in increased BP versus diagnosed hypertension (47% vs 14%; P < 0.001). Increasing age was a significant predictor of metabolic syndrome (odds ratio [95% confidence interval] = 1.08 [1.06 to 1.10]; P < 0.001). Ten percent had intermediate and 8% high cardiovascular disease risk. A total of 79% demonstrated at least one risk factor.


We detected high prevalence of risk factors particularly increased BP and abdominal obesity. Workplace prevention programs should aim in initially identifying risk factors and subsequently improving lifestyle.

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