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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of systemic sclerosis and systemic lupus erythematosus patients

From: Atherosclerotic plaques occur in absence of intima-media thickening in both systemic sclerosis and systemic lupus erythematosus: a duplexsonography study of carotid and femoral arteries and follow-up for cardiovascular events

Characteristic Systemic sclerosis (n = 90) Systemic lupus erythematosus (n = 100)
Female 78 (86.7%) 87 (87%)
Age (years) 57.7 ± 14.4 48.1 ± 15.1
Disease duration (months) 85.0 ± 96.0 69.6 ± 92.0
Body mass index 24.5 ± 4.0 25.2 ± 4.7
Adipositas, body mass index >30 6 (6.7%) 14 (14%)
Hypertension 45 (50%) 56 (56%)
 Systolic blood pressure (mmHg) 129.9 ± 23.2 130.6 ± 21.5
 Diastolic blood pressure (mmHg) 75.9 ± 11.5 77.6 ± 10.6
 Mean number of antihypertensives 0.8 (0, 4) 0.9 (0, 6)
Diabetes 4 (4.4%) 6 (6%)
Pulmonary hypertension 17 (18.9%) 3 (3%)
Coronary heart disease 10 (11.1%) 9 (9%)
Peripheral artery vessel disease 5 (5.6%) 2 (2%)
Nicotine use, current or former 43 (47.8%) 53 (53%)
 Nicotine pack-years 10.7 ± 19.5 10.4 ± 16.2
Triglyceride (mg/dl) 139.2 ± 84.9 128.1 ± 69.9
Cholesterol (mg/dl) 216.5 ± 50.2 213.9 ± 59.6
Low density lipoprotein (mg/dl) 125.5 ± 39.2 123.7 ± 46.8
High density lipoprotein (mg/dl) 63.7 ± 18.7 64.4 ± 17.9
Family history of cardiovascular disease 12 (13.3%) 16 (16%)
Mean Rodnan skin score (median, range) 11 (9, 43)
Mean SLEDAI (median, range) 11 (9, 60)
Mean SLICC (median, range) 2 (2, 8)
  1. Values are mean ± standard deviation, number (percentage), or median (range).
  2. SLEDAI, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Disease Activity Index; SLICC, Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics damage index.