Table 1.

Baseline characteristics by different causes of death

CharacteristicSudden Cardiac DeathNonsudden Cardiac DeathNoncardiac DeathsAlive
Patients, n (%)182 (10)137 (8)489 (28)937 (54)
Age (yr)62±1164±1163±1253±14
Men, n (%)86 (47)63 (46)212 (43)401 (43)
Black patients, n (%)105 (58)72 (53)312 (64)611 (65)
Smoking status, n (%)
 never82 (45)63 (46)223 (46)508 (54)
 past71 (39)54 (39)179 (37)259 (28)
 current29 (16)20 (15)87 (18)170 (18)
Body mass index (kg/m2)25.0±4.625.7±5.524.9±5.525.8±5.2
Diabetes, n (%)115 (63)72 (53)236 (48)347 (37)
Ischemic heart disease, n (%)117 (64)85 (62)215 (44)266 (28)
Heart failure, n (%)98 (54)78 (57)238 (49)278 (30)
Arrhythmia, n (%)78 (43)64 (47)207 (42)195 (21)
Cerebrovascular disease, n (%)55 (30)36 (26)109 (22)134 (14)
Peripheral vascular disease, n (%)52 (29)31 (23)96 (20)101 (11)
Other heart disease, n (%)132 (73)102 (74)352 (72)513 (55)
Dialysis vintage (yr)1.9 (0.9–5)2.4 (1.2–4.7)2.5 (1.0–5.1)2.0 (0.9–4.2)
Predialysis systolic BP (mmHg)153±25148±21153±23152±21
Predialysis diastolic BP (mmHg)80±1378±1380±1383±13
High-flux hemodialysis group, n (%)89 (49)57 (42)250 (51)473 (50)
High-Kt/V group, n (%)99 (54)64 (47)237 (48)469 (50)
Hematocrit (%)33.7±4.633.1±4.332.8±4.534.0±4.5
Serum creatinine (mg/dl)9.0±2.89.8±2.69.5±2.411.0±3
Serum potassium (mEq/L)4.8±0.84.9±0.84.8±0.84.9±0.8
Serum albumin (mg/dl)3.5±0.43.6±0.33.5±0.43.7±0.4
Serum calcium (mg/dl)9.2±0.99.4±1.19.3±1.09.3±1.0
Serum phosphorus (mg/dl)5.8±1.85.9±1.75.6±1.95.8±1.9
Serum alkaline phosphatase (IU/L)101 (72–145)91 (67–132)105 (78–149)93 (71–131)
Follow-up time (mo)25±1824±1829±1940±23
  • Data expressed with a plus/minus sign are the mean ± SD. Data for dialysis vintage and serum alkaline phosphatase are the median (25th–75th percentiles).