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Table 1 Baseline clinical and healthcare characteristics of statin initiator after discharge from hospital for ASCVD

From: Long-term statin adherence in patients after hospital discharge for new onset of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease: a population-based study of real world prescriptions in Taiwan

Variable n %
Number of events 185,252 100%
Age [mean, SD] [65.4,12.0]  
Male 122,881 66%
Female 62,371 34%
Statin use during hospitalization 151,020 82%
Statin use one year prior to hospitalization 87,191 47%
Main diagnosis of ASCVD events
 Ischemic stroke 74,753 40%
 Stable CHD receiving revascularization 67,779 37%
 AMI with PTCA/CABG 33,021 18%
 AMI without PTCA/CABG 9699 5%
Examination during hospitalization
 Lipid exam 163,329 88%
 EKG exam 146,867 79%
Examinations one year before ASCVD
 Lipid exam
  Number [mean, SD] [1.59,1.78]  
  0 time 65,378 35%
  1 time 40,545 22%
   ≥ 2 times 79,329 43%
EKG exam
  Number [mean, SD] [1.23,1.72]  
  0 time 75,807 41%
  1 time 54,008 29%
   ≥ 2 times 55,437 30%
One year before ASCVD
 Comorbidities
  Hypertension 126,530 68%
  Ischemic heart disease 87,031 47%
  Hyperlipidemia 81,655 44%
  Diabetes 76,390 41%
  COPD 18,112 10%
  Renal failure 15,988 9%
  Liver failure 14,004 8%
  Cancer 8877 5%
  Depression 8658 5%
  Transient ischemic attack 7512 4%
  Dementia 4702 3%
  Charlson comorbidity score [mean, SD] [1.79,1.81]  
Medications
 Antiplatelet agents 119,947 65%
 CCBs 104,848 57%
 β-blockers 92,994 50%
 ARBs 72,550 39%
 OADs 68,073 37%
 Diuretics 56,981 31%
 ACEIs 45,236 24%
 Insulin 23,958 13%
 Anticoagulants 18,080 10%
 Digitalis 7514 4%
At index statin prescription
 Healthcare organization accreditation level
  Medical center 95,326 51%
  Regional hospital 58,111 31%
  District hospital 17,129 9%
  Other hospital 10,440 6%
  Clinic 4246 2%
Geographic location
 Taipei region 62,979  
 Northern region 22,723 12%
 Central region 32,740 18%
 Southern region 30,274 16%
 Kao-Ping region 30,730 17%
 Eastern region 5806 3%
Physician Specialty
 Cardiovascular medicine 96,018 52%
 Cardiovascular surgery 7540 4%
 Neurology 53,050 29%
 Metabolism & endocrinology 7899 4%
 Internal medicine 13,798 7%
 Family medicine 2971 2%
 Others 3976 2%