Table 1

Baseline characteristics of patients according to difficulty of guiding catheter access to the affected carotid artery

CharacteristicAll patients (n=130)Difficult carotid accessp Value
No (n=102)Yes (n=28)
Age (years)72±1270.7±1278.5±7<0.01
Age>75 years (%)51.445670.03
Gender (female) (%)44.944.146.40.58
Hypertension (%)69.264.3850.04
Diabetes (%)17.416.824.90.3
Dyslipidemia (%)4540.169.30.01
iv tPA (%)55.956.457.10.94
Left carotid circulation stroke (%)42.941.2750.01
Glucose (mg/dl)132±45131±48142±460.45
Systolic BP (mm  Hg)145±31145±33144±290.98
Diastolic BP (mm  Hg)80±1581.3±1578.2±170.44
ICA occlusion (%)41.539.6500.53
Baseline NIHSS (median (IQR))19 (4)19 (3)20 (4)0.1
Onset to femoral puncture (min)227±101238±111205±880.15
Door to femoral puncture (min)80±4481±4579±440.8
Onset to recanalization (min)325±124334±131335±870.9
  • BP, blood pressure; ICA, internal carotid artery; iv tPA, intravenous tissue plasminogen activator; NIHSS, National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale.