Table 1.

Baseline demographic and clinical characteristics of patients

CharacteristicPatients (n = 75)
Demographic characteristics
    age (yr; mean ± SD)59 ± 14
    race (% white)64
    gender (% male)67
    previous transplant (%)21
    dialysis vintage (yr; mean ± SD)4.4 ± 5.8
Treatment variables (mean ± SD)
    hemoglobin (g/dl)11.9 ± 1.4
    albumin (g/dl)3.8 ± 0.4
    phosphate (mg/dl)5.1 ± 1.6
    calcium (mg/dl)8.8 ± 0.6
    parathyroid hormone (pg/ml)229 ± 199
    Kt/V1.58 ± 0.38
Comorbid conditions (%)a
    diabetes53
    diabetes with end-organ damage51
    heart failure21
    peripheral vascular disease15
    cerebrovascular disease15
    mild liver disease13
    end-stage liver disease8
    myocardial infarction7
    obstructive lung disease4
    peptic ulcer disease4
    tumor4
    hemiplegia1
  • a No patient had a history of dementia, connective tissue disease, leukemia, lymphoma, or HIV.