Table 1 Characteristics of patients in the study
CharacteristicsPatients with AMI
Number473
Age (in years), mean (SD)63.7 (12.3)
Male sex352
Previous medical history
    Myocardial infarction61 (12.9)
    Angina pectoris64 (13.5)
    Hypertension213 (45.0)
    Diabetes mellitus95 (20.1)
    Hypercholesterolaemia133 (28.1)
    Obesity65 (13.7)
Current/ex-smokers170 (35.9)
Thrombolytic322 (68.1)
Territory of infarct
    Anterior180 (38.1)
    Inferior220 (46.5)
    Other/undetermined73 (15.4)
Killip class on admission
    I255 (54.5)
    II185 (39.5)
    III25 (5.3)
    IV3 (0.6)
Peak CK (IU), mean (SD)1442.7 (1412.8)
Peak troponin I (ng/ml), mean (SD)26.6 (35.7)
Creatinine (µmol/l), mean (SD)99.1 (24.1)
Systolic blood pressure (mm Hg), mean (SD)131.4 (23.4)
Heart rate (bpm), mean (SD)99.1 (29.1)
  • Values are numbers (percentage) unless stated otherwise.

  • CK, creatine kinase.