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Table 1 Disease characteristics of SSc population at the time of CMR evaluation

From: Silent myocarditis in systemic sclerosis detected by cardiovascular magnetic resonance using Lake Louise criteria

Disease characteristics dSSc (n = 62) lSSc (n = 20)
Female/Male 55/7 17/3
Age (years) 43 ± 2 38 ± 4
Disease duration (months) 5 ± 3 6 ± 1
Current smokers 5 1
Hypertension 8 1
Diabetes 3 0
Hyperlipidemia 6 0
Lung involvement 50 0
Raynaud phenomenon 58 1
Digital ulcers 45 0
Pulmonary hypertension 0 0
GI involvement 28 0
Arthritis 5 0
ESR, mm/h (normal 3–18) 10 ± 2 13 ± 5
CRP, mg/L (normal 2–8) 4 ± 2 2 ± 3
Cardiac troponin T (cTnT), ng/mL (normal 0.01 ± 0.03) 0.006 ± 0.007 0.008 ± 0.007
mRSS 20 ± 6 -
Anti-centromere antibodies, n (%) 0 12
Anti-topoisomerase 1 antibodies, n (%) 53 0
Calcium channel blockers 57 8
Methotrexate 15 0
Prednizolone 0 0
Azathioprine 3 0
Cloroquine 2 1
NSAID 18 3
  1. ESR Erythrocyte sedimentation rate
  2. CRP C-reactive protein
  3. Mrss Modified Rodnan skin score
  4. NSAID Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug