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Table 1 Baseline characteristics (n = 342)

From: The role of point-of-care ultrasound in the diagnosis of pericardial effusion: a single academic center retrospective study

Age (years) 63.3 ± 14.1
Gender n (%)
 Male 193 (56)
 Female 149 (44)
Cardiovascular risk factors
 Hypertension 127 (37)
 Diabetes 65 (19)
 Coronary artery disease 59 (17)
 Atrial fibrillation/flutter 63 (18)
Inflammatory conditions
 Rheumatologic conditions 25 (7)
 Pericarditis 10 (3)
Malignancy 91 (27)
Recent cardiac procedure 31 (9)
Hemodynamics on presentation
 Systolic blood pressure (mmHg) 121 ± 27
 Diastolic blood pressure (mmHg) 72 ± 14
 Systolic blood pressure ≤ 90 mmHg (n) (%) 33 (9.6)
 Heart rate (beats per minute) 94 ± 22
On oral anticoagulation
 Warfarin 26 (8)
 Direct oral anticoagulant 5 (1)
Other cardiac medications
 ACE inhibitor/angiotensin receptor blocker 88 (26)
 Alpha-blocker 18 (5)
 Beta-blocker 77 (23)
 Dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker 37 (11)
 Non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker 22 (6)
 Diuretics 81 (24)
 Anti-arrhythmics 29 (8)
 Vasodilators 9 (3)