Table 1

Baseline characteristics of 204 patients with a National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score of <8 and proximal intracranial vessel occlusion

CharacteristicN (%) unless otherwise specified
 Age (years) (mean±SD)71.1±14
 Female sex110 (54)
 NIHSS score on admission (mean±SD)2.6±2.3
 NIHSS score on admission (median (range))2 (0–7)
Cerebrovascular risk factors
 Atrial fibrillation36 (18)
 Coronary artery disease or myocardial infarction50 (25)
 Heart failure15 (7)
 Diabetes mellitus66 (32)
 Hypertension153 (75)
 Dyslipidemia105 (51)
 Current smoker40 (20)
Level of functioning before stroke
 Ambulate independently197 (97)
 Ambulate with assistance6 (3)
 Unable to ambulate1 (<1)
Discharge status
 NIHSS score at discharge (mean±SD)1.9±2.4
 NIHSS score at discharge (median (range))1 (0–14)
 Ambulate independently127 (62)
 Ambulate with assistance63 (31)
 Unable to ambulate11 (5)
 Other3 (1)
Discharge destination
 Home128 (63)
 Healthcare facility (acute or subacute rehabilitation facility or nursing home)65 (32)
 Death/hospice10 (5)
 Other1 (<1)
  • NIHSS, National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale.