Table 3

Relative risk of cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular mortality treating the other as a competing cause of death, by physical activity, adjusted for potential confounders*

Cause of death
Physical activityCardiovascular, competing non-cardiovascular
RR (95% CI)
Non-cardiovascular, competing cardiovascular
RR (95% CI)
Light intensity (N=4662) (hours)
 None11
 <10.90 (0.50 to 1.61)0.81 (0.54 to 1.22)
 1–20.71 (0.44 to 1.13)0.76 (0.55 to 1.04)
 3+0.54 (0.34 to 0.86)0.68 (0.50 to 0.93)
Hard intensity (N=4543) (hours)
 None11
 <10.63 (0.45 to 0.88)0.87 (0.73 to 1.03)
 1–20.78 (0.57 to 1.08)0.77 (0.64 to 0.93)
 3+0.66 (0.44 to 1.00)0.62 (0.49 to 0.80)
Degree at leisure (N=3500)
 Sedentary11
 Light0.83 (0.63 to 1.10)0.61 (0.52 to 0.72)
 Moderate0.63 (0.40 to 0.97)0.45 (0.35 to 0.58)
 Vigorous0.40 (0.05 to 3.01)0.51 (0.24 to 1.08)
  • *Adjustment factors: age, educational length, smoking, diabetes, previous myocardial infarction, previous stroke.

  • RR=relative risk.