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Table 1 Clinical characteristics

From: Left atrial dysfunction detected by speckle tracking in patients with systemic sclerosis

Clinical variables Group 1 (SSc) 42 pts Group 2 (Controls) 42 pts p
Age (years) 50 ± 14 49 ± 13 ns
Female gender (n,%) 40 (95%) 40 (95%) ns
Systemic arterial hypertension (n,%) 10 (24%) 16 (38%) ns
Diabetes (n,%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) ns
History of Smoking (n,%) 3 (7%) 6 (14%) ns
Limited form n (%) 35 (83%)   
Diffuse form n (%) 7 (17%)   
Scl-70 antibodies n(%) 13 (31%)   
DLCO (%) 80.6 ± 23.2   
NTpro-BNP (pg/ml) 122 ± 135   
  1. SSc: systemic sclerosis.
  2. DLCO_ diffusing capacity of carbon monoxide.
  3. NTpro-BNP- N-terminal B-type natriuretic peptide.