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Table 1 Clinical and demographical data on patients alive six months after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (N = 57)

From: Functional outcome, cognition and quality of life after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and therapeutic hypothermia: data from a randomized controlled trial

Age, years 59 (24-78)
Male 44 (77%)
Bystander initiated CPR 38 (67%)
BLS, min 8 (2-14)
ACLS, min 14.5 (6-100)
ROSC, min 17 (7-33)
Length of ICU stay, days 7 (3-38)
Serum NSE at 24 hours, mmol/L 16.0 (8.6-41.2)
Serum NSE at 48 hours, mmol/L 14.8 (6.8-33.1)
Delay to recovery of consciousness, days 1 (0-7)
The aetiology of cardiac arrest  
Acute myocardial infarction 21 (37%)
Myocardial ischemia without infarction 11 (19%)
Arrhythmia 22 (39%)
Other 3 (5%)*
Pre-arrest medical history of  
Coronary heart disease 13 (23%)
Acute myocardial infarction 10 (18%)
Ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation 2 (4%)
Cardiac insufficiency 11 (19%)
Hypertension 23 (40%)
Diabetes 7 (12%)
Hyperlipidemia, medication prescribed 13 (23%)
Smoker/ex-smoker 18 / 11 (32/19%)
  1. Data are given as absolute numbers (percentage) or as median and range. CPR = cardiopulmonary resuscitation, BLS = basic life support, ACLS = advanced cardiac life support, ROSC = restoration of spontaneous circulation, ICU = intensive care unit, NSE = neuron specific enolase. Delay to recovery of consciousness has been counted from the withdrawal of sedative medication. *Other aetiology of cardiac arrest: unknown for one subject, technical failure of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator in one subject, and myocardial sarcoidosis in one subject.