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Table 1 Comparisons of demographic profiles and prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors between the community-dwelling older population in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland*.

From: Stroke awareness in the general population: knowledge of stroke risk factors and warning signs in older adults

  Overall sample (n = 2, 033) Republic of Ireland (n = 1, 033) Northern Ireland (n = 1,000) Difference between regions(χ2)
Age, mean (SD) (range) 74.1 (6.8) (65–102) 74.3 (6.8) (65–102) 75.3 (7.0) (65–99) p < 0.01
Gender: Women, % (N) 57% (1,171) 56% (578) 58% (580) p = 0.38, NS
Education (> 14 years full-time), % (N) 36% (748) 42% (440) 31% (308) p < 0.0001
Self-reported risk factors: % (N)     
- past smoker 36% (729) 41% (432) 30% (297) p < 0.0001
- current smoker 17% (358) 17% (178) 18% (180) p = 0.49, NS
- history of heart disease 25% (508) 21% (216) 29% (292) p < 0.0001
- prior stroke 6% (121) 4% (45) 8% (76) p < 0.01
  1. *Weighted data