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Table 1 Ideal, intermediate and poor categories of cardiovascular health score components

From: The association between cardiovascular health and health-related quality of life and health status measures among U.S. adults: a cross-sectional study of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, 2001–2010

Component Score Definition
Physical Activity   
  0 No exercise
  1 1–149 min of moderate exercise or 1–74 min of vigorous exercise/week
  2 150+ minutes of moderate exercise or 75+ minutes of vigorous exercise/week
Dieta   
  0 0–1 components of healthy diet
  1 2–3 components of healthy diet
  2 4–5 components of healthy diet
Glucose   
  0 ≥126 mg/dL fasting
  1 100–125 mg/dL fasting or treated to <100 mg/dL
  2 <100 mg/dL fasting, unmedicated
Blood Pressure   
  0 Systolic blood pressure ≥140 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure ≥90 mmHg
  1 Systolic blood pressure 120–139 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure 80–89 mmHg or treated to <120/80 mmHg
  2 <120/80 mmHg, unmedicated
BMI   
  0 ≥30 kg/m2
  1 25.0–29.99 kg/m2
  2 <25.0 kg/m2
Cholesterol   
  0 ≥240 mg/dL
  1 200–239 mg/dL or treated to <200 mg/dL
  2 <200 mg/dL, unmedicated
Smoking   
  0 Current smoker
  1 Former smoker, quit ≤12 months ago
  2 Never smoker or quit >12 months ago
  1. aDietary components include: consuming (1) ≥4.5 cups per day of fruits and vegetables, (2) ≥ two 3.5-oz servings of fish per week, (3) ≥ three 1-oz-equivalent servings per day of fiber-rich whole grains, (4) <1500 mg per day of sodium, and (5) ≤450 kcal (36 oz) per week of sugar-sweetened beverages