Table 1.

Baseline characteristics of patients age ≥67 years with ESRD at dialysis initiation

CharacteristicValue
Age
 Mean±SD, yr75.8±6.4
 67–69 yr2608 (19.2)
 70–74 yr3945 (29.1)
 75–79 yr3193 (23.6)
 ≥80 yr3808 (28.1)
Sex
 Male4700 (34.7)
 Female8854 (65.3)
Race/ethnicity
 White7707 (56.9)
 Black4434 (32.7)
 Asian1157 (8.5)
 Other256 (1.9)
 Hispanic 2514 (18.5)
Incident year
 20084549 (33.6)
 20094439 (32.8)
 20104566 (33.7)
Initial modality
 Hemodialysis13,157 (97.1)
 Peritoneal dialysis397 (2.9)
Reported cause of ESRD
 Diabetes7273 (53.7)
 Hypertension4641 (34.2)
 GN369 (2.7)
 Other1271 (9.4)
Cardiovascular comorbid conditions
 Coronary heart disease8134 (60.0)
 Heart failure
  Systolic3096 (22.8)
  Nonsystolic6377 (47.0)
 Unstable angina2496 (18.4)
 Valvular disease4100 (30.2)
 Hypertension13,497 (99.6)
 Atrial fibrillation3321 (24.5)
 Other arrhythmias2772 (20.5)
 Cerebrovascular disease2722 (20.1)
 Stroke/transient ischemic attack2679 (19.8)
 Peripheral vascular disease4858 (35.8)
Other medical comorbidities
 Hyperlipidemia9417 (69.5)
 Diabetes mellitus10,615 (78.3)
 Liver disease977 (7.2)
 Rheumatologic disease760 (5.6)
 Lung disease5874 (43.3)
 Gastrointestinal bleeding2829 (20.9)
 Cancer1861 (13.7)
 Dementia1759 (13.0)
 Depression2371 (17.5)
 Alcohol use188 (1.4)
 Tobacco use755 (5.6)
 Hyperkalemia4478 (33.0)
Health care use in the 2 quarters before dialysis initiation
 Had nursing home stay2646 (19.5)
 Median no. non-nephrology visits (p25–p75)22 (13–32)
 Median no. hospital days (p25–p75)7 (1–17)
  • Unless otherwise noted, values are number (percentage) of patients. p25, 25th percentile; p75, 75th percentile.