Table 1

Baseline clinical characteristics

Conventional angioplasty (n=92)Direct stenting (n=89)p Value
Current smoking is defined as ≥10 cigarettes per day. Hypertension is defined as systolic blood pressure ≥160 mm Hg, diastolic blood pressure ≥90 mm Hg, or both. Hypercholesterolaemia is defined as cholesterol >5.2 mmol/l or high density lipoprotein cholesterol <0.9 mmol/l or low density lipoprotein cholesterol >3.9 mmol/l. MI, myocardial infarction.
Mean (SD) age (years)61.7 (9.9)61.4 (11.8)0.89
Male sex76 (82.6%)72 (80.1%)0.77
Current smoking status23 (25.0%)26 (29.2%)0.52
Hypertension47 (51.1%)40 (44.9%)0.41
Diabetes mellitus11 (11.9%)12 (13.5%)0.78
Hypercholesterolaemia39 (42.4%)43 (48.3%)0.42
Previous MI15 (16.3%)19 (21.3%)0.39