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Table 1 Characteristics of men and women with a hospital admission for heart failure in the periods between 2000 and 2002 and 2008–2010

From: Mortality after hospital admission for heart failure: improvement over time, equally strong in women as in men

 2000–022008–102000–022008–10
MenMenWomenWomen
n%n%n%n%
Total No. patients19,309 20,921 19,539 22,043 
Mean age in years at admission (SD)74 (11) 75 (11) 78 (11) 79 (11) 
Mean Charlson comorbidity index (SD)0.7 (1.1) 0.7 (1.2) 0.5 (1.0) 0.5 (1.0) 
Charlson comorbidity index score ≥ 1711937%771137%587530%649730%
 Myocardial infarction286615%248512%16909%15147%
 Stroke10535%12946%9415%13196%
 Peripheral artery disease11226%10855%5413%4962%
 Renal disease4963%8004%3462%5342%
 Cancer12196%18399%9965%14006%
Marital state
 Single757239%798838%15,24978%16,33874%
 Marrieda11,73761%12,93362%429022%570526%
Median length of admission in days (IQR)8 (9) 6 (8) 9 (10) 7 (10) 
  1. Abbreviations: SD Standard Deviation; IQR Interquartile Range
  2. aMarried or registered partnership