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Table 1 The characteristics recorded from the 366 volunteers who responded to the publicity about the study

From: Comparisons of home and daytime ambulatory blood pressure measurements

  Mean SD
Age men (years) 52 (13)
Age women (years) 53 (14)
BMI men (kg/m 2 ) 27 (5)
BMI women (kg/m 2 ) 25 (5)
Numbers and percentages of patients: N (%)
Male: female: 179:187 (49:51)
With triplicate measurements 270 (74)
With mean home blood pressure measurement > 125/80 200 (54)
With family history of cardiovascular disease: 107 (29)
Current smokers 150 (41)
Sports activities > 20 min/day: 119 (33)
Previous myocardial infarction: 8 (2)
Angina pectoris: 6 (2)
Previous bypass surgery: 2 (1)
Previous percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty 9 (2)
Previous stroke 8 (2)
Subjected to salt restriction: 80 (22)
Numbers taking antihypertensive medications 97 (27)
  Mean SD
Dose of antihypertensive agentss expressed as equivalents: 1.8 (1.5)
1 equivalent = hydrochloro thiazide 25 mg = enalapril 5 mg = lorsartan 50 mg
= metoprolol 100 mg = amlodipine 5 mg = isosorbide dinitrite 40 mg
= doxazozine 2 mg = clonidine 15 mg
Numbers taking medications for other reasons   
Contraception: 14 (4)
Menopausal symptoms 20 (5)
Insulin: 4 (1)
Anti-diabetics: 13 (4)
Low-dose aspirin 31 (8)
Magnesium supplementation: 72 (20)
Anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): 15 (4)
  Mean SD
Dose of NSAIDs expressed as diclofenac equivalents: 94 (61)
diclofencac 100 mg = metamizol 1330 mg = acetylsalicylic acid 1300 mg
= ibuprofen 800 mg = naproxen550 mg = propyphenazone 250 mg
= acemetacine 120 mg = ketoprofen 66.6 mg = indomethacin 50 mg
= piroxicam 6.66 mg.