Table 2: Baseline characteristics.

CharacteristicsExperimental groupControl groupp-value
Number (38)%Number (38)%

Gender

 Male3078.952463.16.508
 Female821.051436.84

Age

 < 50410.52615.78.598
 50-591026.321026.32
 >602463.162257.9

Risk factors

 Hypertension2976.322976.32.365
 Dyslipidemia1744.741744.74
 Diabetes1334.211231.58
 Atrial fibrillation1231.581231.58
 Previous TIA12.6300
 Smoking1539.471231.58

Clinical presentation

 Hemiparesis/paresthesia3592.13797.37.756
 Speech disorders2052.632257.89
 Facial weakness1436.841436.84
 Vertigo/imbalance12.6300

Subtype of infarct

 Lacunar infarct195019501.0
 Nonlacunar infarct19501950

Dispatch

 Self-dispatch2360.532052.63.549
 Interhospital1539.471847.37
 EMS0000

TIA = transient ischemic attack and EMS = emergency medical service.