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Table 2 Behavior in the serial CWT and personality-factors in relation to four indicators of severity of myocardial infarction (n = 147)

From: Behavior in a stressful situation, personality factors, and disease severity in patients with acute myocardial infarction: baseline findings from the prospective cohort study SECAMI (The Secondary Prevention and Compliance following Acute Myocardial Infarction-study)

   Maximum troponin I Maximum creatine
kinase-MB
Q-wave infarction
n = 51
Left ventricular
ejection fraction
(LVEF) ≤ 50%
n = 79
  n mean p-value1 mean p-value1 %2 p-value3 %2 p-value3
Behavior in the CWT          
   Adaptive 74 18.57   80.22   35.1   51.4  
   Maladaptive 73 20.78 0.71 85.13 0.75 34.2 0.91 56.2 0.56
Neuroticism          
   Low level 100 17.16   81.82   36.0   55.0  
   High level 47 25.01 0.22 84.45 0.87 31.9 0.63 51.1 0.66
Extraversion          
   Low level 45 29.58   102.58   44.4   57.8  
   High level 102 15.29 0.03 73.87 0.08 30.4 0.10 52.0 0.51
Openness          
   Low level 47 23.45   78.96   25.5   51.1  
   High level 100 17.89 0.39 84.40 0.74 39.0 0.11 55.0 0.66
Agreeableness          
   Low level 48 18.29   89.24   35.4   52.1  
   High level 99 20.33 0.75 79.47 0.55 34.3 0.90 54.5 0.78
Conscientiousness          
   Low level 52 23.57   98.55   34.6   48.1  
   High level 95 17.53 0.33 73.97 0.13 34.7 0.99 56.8 0.31
  1. 1 One-way ANOVA; 2 Percentage within each category of behavior in the CWT or within each level of personality dimension; 3 Pearson Chi-square.