Table 1

Comparison of patient characteristics of the study population and the excluded patients

CharacteristicN=120Excluded patients (N=250)P value
Age, y, mean (SD)68.6 (11.5)68.4 (12.1)0.891*
Sex0.155†
 Female43 (35.8)109 (43.6)
 Male77 (64.2)141 (56.4)
Diagnosis0.360†
 TIA29 (24.2)50 (20.0)
 Minor stroke91 (75.8)200 (80.0)
Localisation0.508‡
 Right hemisphere31 (25.8)75 (30.0)
 Left hemisphere55 (45.8)101 (40.4)
 Vertebrobasilar30 (25.0)56 (22.4)
 Ocular0 (0.0)3 (1.2)
 Other4 (3.3)15 (6.0)
Stroke incidence0.267†
 Relapse20 (16.7)54 (21.6)
 First ever100 (83.3)196 (78.4)
Marital statusn/a
 Married61 (50.8)
 Unmarried44 (36.7)
 Widowed15 (12.5)
Educationn/a
 Low12 (10.0)
 Average58 (48.3)
 High49 (40.8)
Living arrangementn/a
 Alone51 (42.5)
 With spouse/relative(s)68 (56.7)
  • All data are expressed as n (%), except where specified.

  • * t-test

  • † χ2 test

  • ‡ Fisher exact test

  • TIA, transient ischaemic attack.