Table 1

Baseline clinical characteristics

Group 1 (n = 181)Group 2 (n = 123)Group 3 (n = 170)p Value
Values are mean (SD) or n (%).
*History of occurrence six months or more before study.
Group 1, less than one alcoholic drink a week or none; group 2, one to six alcoholic drinks a week; group 3, one to two alcoholic drinks a day; NST ACS, non-ST elevation acute coronary syndrome; STE MI, ST elevation myocardial infarction.
Age (years)60 (10.2)59.6 (9.8)58.4 (10.2)0.3
Male sex142 (78.5%)103 (83.7%)143 (84.1%)0.3
Hypertension83 (45.9%)53 (43.1%)68 (40%)0.5
Current smoking117 (64.6%)81 (65.9%)116 (68.2%)0.8
Diabetes mellitus41 (22.7%)22 (17.9%)30 (17.6%)0.4
Hypercholesterolaemia99 (54.7%)68 (55.3%)91 (53.5%)0.9
Past myocardial infarction*14 (7.7%)11 (8.9%)16 (9.4%)0.8
Past coronary angioplasty*7 (3.9%)5 (4.1%)8 (4.7%)0.9
Past bypass surgery*5 (2.8%)4 (3.3%)3 (1.8%)0.7
Admission qualifying event
Stable angina33 (18.2%)32 (26%)42 (24.7%)0.2
NST ACS81 (44.8%)48 (39%)62 (36.5%)0.3
STE MI67 (37%)43 (35%)66 (38.8%)0.8
CRP (mg/dl)0.7 (0.6)0.7 (0.7)0.7 (0.5)0.8