Table 1.

Patient characteristics

VariableThigh GraftsCathetersP Value
Patients (n)209472
Mean age ± SD (yr)52±1554±150.11
Male sex, n (%)90 (43)236 (50)0.09
Black race, n (%)193 (92)357 (76)<0.001
Diabetes, n (%)101 (48)242 (51)0.48
Coronary artery disease, n (%)57 (27)106 (22)0.17
Peripheral vascular disease, n (%)29 (14)63 (13)0.85
Cerebrovascular disease, n (%)33 (16)66 (14)0.54
Any vascular disease, n (%)a94 (45)173 (37)0.04
Congestive heart failure, n (%)42 (20)94 (20)0.96
Median HD vintage (IQR) (yr)2.8 (1.1–6.5)0
No. of previous fistulas or grafts, n (%)NA
 014 (7)
 147 (22)
 266 (31)
 347 (22)
 ≥427 (13)
 Unknown8 (4)
  • HD, hemodialysis; IQR, interquartile range; NA, not applicable.

  • a Coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, or cerebrovascular disease.