Table 2

Medical characteristics of respondents (N=744)

Health issueFrequencyPer cent (%)
Cardiovascular diseases
 Alcoholic cardiomyopathy30.4
 Anaemic heart failure162.15
 Complete heart block60.81
 Congenital heart disease50.67
 Cor pulmonale10.13
 Dilated cardiomyopathy334.44
 Hypertensive heart disease62584.01
 Ischaemic heart disease293.9
 Pericardial valvular heart disease70.94
 Peripartum cardiomyopathy50.67
 Thyroid disease30.4
 Other111.48
Hospitalised in the last 15 months?
 No60782.59
 Yes12817.41
Numer of times hospitalised
 Once10481.25
 Twice1814.06
 Thrice43.13
 Five times21.56
LoHS (days)
 1–31310.16
 4–62620.31
 7–93829.69
 10–121612.5
 >123527.34
 Average LoHS8.2 days
  • LoHS, length of hospital stay.