Table 2.

Traditional cardiovascular risk factors in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and controls. Values are mean ± SD, except where indicated.

Risk FactorsAS, n = 43Controls, n = 40p
Age, yrs45.4 ± 11.848.2 ± 13.20.78
Systolic blood pressure, mm Hg130.7 ± 11.8132.0 ± 12.90.82
Diastolic blood pressure, mm Hg86.1 ± 9.284.3 ± 6.90.75
Total cholesterol, mmol/l5.52 ± 1.225.45 ± 0.910.69
LDL cholesterol, mmol/l3.25 ± 1.033.30 ± 0.820.91
HDL cholesterol, mmol/l1.58 ± 0.551.65 ± 0.390.77
Triglyceride, mmol/l1.49 ± 0.691.39 ± 0.780.68
BMI, kg/m225.0 ± 3.824.7 ± 4.80.88
Current smokers, %30.235.0
  • LDL: low-density lipoprotein; HDL: high-density lipoprotein; BMI: body mass index.