Table 1.

Patient characteristics (n = 227)a

aContinuous variables are expressed as means with 95% confidence intervals for the means in parentheses. HD, hemodialysis; PD, peritoneal dialysis; LV, left ventricular; SBP, systolic blood pressure; DBP, diastolic blood pressure.
bAverage of monthly values measured between baseline and follow-up echocardiogram.
Age (yr)55 (53 to 57)
Male/female (%)62/38
Diabetes mellitus (%)28
Hypertension >10 yr (%)23
Ischemic heart disease (%)25
Cardiac failure (%)33
Mode of dialysis at 3 mo54% HD/46% PD
LV mass index (g/m2)161 (157 to 169)
LV cavity volume index (ml/m2)88 (82 to 93)
LV fractional shortening (%)34 (32 to 35)
SBPb (mmHg)145 (143 to 148)
DBPb (mmHg)81 (79 to 82)
Hemoglobinb (g/dl)8.9 (8.6 to 9.1)
Serum albuminb (g/dl)3.7 (3.7 to 3.8)