Table 1: Demographic and clinical characteristics of children with congestive heart failure due to DCM. (Values correspond to number ( ) of patients or to means ± SD.)

All patients
Anemic patients
Non-anemic patients
value

Sex: male/female28/2719/169/11n.s.
Mean age of first clinical heart failure symptoms (years)4.06 ± 5.63.42 ± 5.35.19 ± 6.1n.s.
Mean time of hospitalization (days per year)25.94 ± 34.835.06 ± 40.48 9.97 ± 9.65 <0.05
Necessity of transfusion1717 0 <0.05
Death during followup1183n.s.