Table 1: Basic characteristics of the patients.

No. of patients361
Age, years (SD)75.0 (12.9)
Gender, female (%)188 (52.1)
Ethnic group (% Caucasian)283 (78.4)
BMI (SD)25.24 (5.2)
Average days since onset (median, SD)9.4 (7, 6.2)
Initial stroke severity, admission FIM (SD)55.7 (21.0)
Blood pressure, systolic, mmHg (SD)132 (20)
Body temperature, degrees Fahrenheit (SD)97.5 (1.1)
Body temperature, degrees Celsius (SD)36.4 (0.6)
Atrial fibrillation (%)78 (21.6)
Heart disease (%)45 (12.5)
Hypertension (%)274 (75.9)