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Table 1 Prevalence of medical conditions in FAMRI questionnaire participants compared with NHANES 2005-2006 participants

From: Associations between respiratory illnesses and secondhand smoke exposure in flight attendants: A cross-sectional analysis of the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute Survey

  FAMRI (N = 362) NHANES 2005-2006  
Medical Condition N (%) N (%) P-value
High Blood Pressure 76 (22.2) 164 (47.4) <0.001
Diabetes 7(2) 51 (15) <0.001
High Cholesterol 110 (32.1) 148 (48.1) <0.001
Ischemic Heart Disease 5 (1.5) 10 (2.9) <0.200
Congestive Heart Failure 0 12 (3.5) <0.001**
Abnormal Heart Rhythm 26 (7.6) data not available
Asthma 56 (16.3) 52 (15) <0.650
Chronic Bronchitis 40 (11.7) 25 (7.2) <0.050
Emphysema/COPD 11 (3.2) 3 (0.9) <0.030**
Sleep Apnea 25 (7.3) 23 (6.7) <0.760
Cancer 17 (5) 44 (12.8) <0.001
Breast Cancer 7 (2) 15 (4.3) <0.090
Thyroid Disease 41 (12) 77 (22.3) <0.001
Sinus Problems 108 (31.5) 72 (20.9) <0.002
Ear Infections 50 (14.6) data not available
Chest pain 64 (19.8) 99 (30.1) <0.003
Shortness of breath 144 (44.3) 125 (38.2) <0.115
Nasal congestion, throat or eye irritation †    
   Daily 71 (21.6) data not available
   Weekly 40 (12.2)   
   Monthly 22 (6.7)   
   < Monthly 93 (28.4)   
   Never 102 (31.1)   
  1. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2005-2006 sample was restricted to women above the age of 18 with at least a high school education and was age and smoking history matched with the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute (FAMRI) participants. FAMRI participants completed questionnaires between December 2006 and October 2010. Each medical condition represents a lifetime history of diagnosis of that condition, without reference to current vs. past conditions. Chi-square test was performed for comparisons between groups, with the exception of the conditions marked with (**) which were compared using the two-sided Fisher exact test. (†) Percentages of frequency of nasal congestion, throat or eye irritation were determined using the total number of subjects responding to the question N = 328.