Men are more likely than women to have at least one of the three risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics.

In an analysis of 2009-2010 data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), researchers found that 51.6% of men had at least one of the three risk factors (uncontrolled high blood pressure, uncontrolled high levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and current smoking) compared with only 41.2% of women.

The latest survey found a decreasing trend in the proportion of individuals with at least one of the CVD risk factors, from 57.8% in 1999-2000 to 46.5% in 2009-2010.


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NHANES is a cross-sectional survey of the civilian, non-institutionalized U.S. population.