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Table 2 Characteristics of 4232 Nova Scotia seniors discharged from hospital with unstable angina or myocardial infarction

From: The impact of statins on health services utilization and mortality in older adults discharged from hospital with ischemic heart disease: a cohort study

Characteristic Statin Dispensed (n = 1629) No Statin Dispensed (n = 2603) p value
Demographics    
Age (years) (range) 74.6 ± 5.7 (66-98 years) 79.2 ± 7.1 (66-101 years) < 0.0001
Gender (Males) 49.8% 47.1% 0.085
Risk Factors/Comorbidities    
Hypertension 58.8% 58.2% 0.705
Smoking    < 0.0001
Never 48.9% 57.9%  
Current 18.00% 13.5%  
Past 33.1% 28.6%  
Family history of CVD 15.3% 8.4% < 0.0001
Diabetes 26.2% 29.0% 0.047
History of CHF 8.5% 17.6% < 0.0001
History of MI 25.8% 30.9% 0.0004
History of Stroke 6.4% 11.5% < 0.0001
History of TIA 4.5% 7.5% < 0.0001
Number of distinct prescription medications in 6 months pre-hospitalization 5.7 ± 4.2 6.6 ± 4.6 < 0.0001
Area in Province Patient Resides    0.035
North 18.1% 17.6%  
Central 35.1% 32.5%  
East 21.7% 20.8%  
West 25.0% 29.0%  
Factors During Index Hospitalization
Discharge Diagnosis    
Unstable Angina 46.0% 51.0% 0.001
Myocardial Infarction 54.0 % 49.0%  
In-hospital procedures    
CABG 6.0% 3.7% 0.0004
Cardiac catheterization 27.1% 15.6% < 0.0001
PTCA 10.8% 5.7% < 0.0001
EST 48.8% 25.1% < 0.0001
Concomitant medications written at hospital discharge    
ASA 85.2% 75.3% < 0.0001
ACE inhibitor 46.2% 47.6% 0.375
Beta-blocker 83.1% 75.9% < 0.0001
Calcium channel blocker 37.4% 37.5% 0.950
Fibrates 6.1% 4.9% 0.0092
Cholesterol Levels measured in Hospital (Y/N)    
Total cholesterol 68.1% 46.0% < 0.0001
LDL cholesterol 63.1% 42.0% < 0.0001
HDL cholesterol 50.9% 49.1% < 0.0001
Triglycerides 54.5% 45.5% < 0.0001
Factors Post-Index Hospitalization
Follow-up (# years) 2.7 ± 1.1 2.1 ± 1.2 < 0.0001
Crude Mortality 11.4% 35.9% < 0.0001