Table 1

Baseline characteristics of the study population
Variables Thrombolysis (%) Without (%) p
Patients included 33 55
Gender* 0.008
- Men 24 (72.7) 32 (58.2)
- Women 9 (27.3) 23 (41.8)
Age, average (range)# 73.6 (61-85) 77.2 (65-91) 0.025
Living situation*
- Living alone 7 (21.2) 30 (55.5) 0.003
- Living with a partner 26 (78.8) 25 (45.5)
Brain hemisphere*
- Left side 20 (39.4) 16 (29.1) 0.007
- Right side 13 (60.6) 34 (61.8)
- Unknown 5 (9.1)
NIHSS, average (range)# 9.97 (3-27) 2.6 (0-6) <0.001
Length of hospital stay in days 7 7 1.000
Risk factors present before stroke/History* 1 (3.0) 6 (10.9%) 0.248
- No risk factors 23 (69.7) 27 (49.1) 0.076
- Hypertension 13 (39.4) 6 (10.9) 0.003
- Hypercholesterolemia 4 (12.1) 12 (21.8) 0.392
- Diabetes 9 (27.3) 16 (29.1) 1.000
- Smoking 9 (27.3) 14 (25.5) 1.000
- Ischemic heart disease 9 (27.3) 13 (23.6) 0.801
- Stroke/TIA 7 (21.2) 5 (9.1) 0.122
- Atrial fibrillation 1 (3.0) 2 (3.6) 1.000

* Fisher’s exact test, #One-way ANOVA.

de Weerd et al.

de Weerd et al. BMC Neurology 2012 12:61   doi:10.1186/1471-2377-12-61

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