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Table 2 Platelet level-specific characteristics of the study population based on tongue pressure level

From: Association between tongue pressure and subclinical carotid atherosclerosis in relation to platelet levels in hypertensive elderly men: a cross-sectional study

  Tongue pressure tertiles p
T1 (low) T2 T3 (high)
Lower platelet count
 No. at risk 55 64 52  
 Age, years 77.3 ± 6.9 73.7 ± 7.2 71.6 ± 7.7 < 0.001
 Systolic blood pressure, mmHg 155 ± 14 153 ± 16 153 ± 14 0.801
 Diastolic blood pressure, mmHg 85 ± 11 86 ± 14 87 ± 9 0.718
 Antihypertensive medication use, % 50.9 50.0 57.7 0.908
 Body mass index, kg/m2 22.9 ± 2.3 25.2 ± 2.9 24.7 ± 3.1 < 0.001
 Current drinker, % 50.9 50.0 57.7 0.682
 Current smoker, % 14.5 14.0 19.2 0.719
 Serum triglycerides (TG), mg/dL 98 ± 54 106 ± 54 97 ± 49 0.585
 Serum HDL-cholesterol (HDL), mg/dL 56 ± 15 53 ± 13 55 ± 13 0.400
 Antilipidemic medication use, % 14.5 17.2 17.3 0.907
 Serum HbA1c, % 5.9 ± 1.1 5.7 ± 0.5 5.9 ± 0.6 0.357
 Serum creatinine, mg/dL 0.91 ± 0.17 0.89 ± 0.20 0.85 ± 0.17 0.222
 Estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), mL/min/1.73m2 64.6 ± 13.2 67.4 ± 16.6 71.5 ± 15.6 0.694
 Maximum carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT), mm 1.07 ± 0.23 1.08 ± 0.30 1.00 ± 0.19 0.218
Higher platelet count
 No. at risk 58 51 62  
 Age, years 74.7 ± 7.2 71.6 ± 7.0 67.5 ± 5.1 < 0.001
 Systolic blood pressure, mmHg 154 ± 12 155 ± 15 153 ± 15 0.736
 Diastolic blood pressure, mmHg 88 ± 11 89 ± 10 92 ± 9 0.088
 Antihypertensive medication use, % 48.3 52.9 51.6 0.881
 Body mass index, kg/m2 23.8 ± 2.9 23.6 ± 2.5 24.2 ± 3.13 0.490
 Current drinker, % 46.6 50.9 61.3 0.255
 Current smoker, % 8.6 21.6 25.8 0.045
 Serum triglycerides (TG), mg/dL 104 ± 51 119 ± 73 127 ± 83 0.188
 Serum HDL-cholesterol (HDL), mg/dL 57 ± 15 56 ± 14 57 ± 14 0.822
 Antilipidemic medication use, % 19.0 17.6 24.2 0.655
 Serum HbA1c, % 5.8 ± 0.7 6.0 ± 0.7 5.9 ± 0.6 0.657
 Serum creatinine, mg/dL 0.96 ± 0.82 0.94 ± 0.54 0.86 ± 0.25 0.633
 Estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), mL/min/1.73m2 68.8 ± 16.8 68.8 ± 16.8 72.3 ± 15.8 0.400
 Maximum carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT), mm 1.03 ± 0.23 0.98 ± 0.22 0.96 ± 0.21 0.217
  1. Values: mean ± standard deviation. Tongue pressure level tertiles: < 28.7 kPa, 28.7–36.4 kPa, and > 36.4 kPa