Table 1

Patient characteristics

CharacteristicPatients (N=503)
Age (years), median (range)70 (38–92)
Male sex, n (%)403 (80.1)
Underlying conditions/procedures, n (%)
 Myocardial infarction349 (69.4)
 Angioplasty286 (56.9)
 Coronary artery bypass graft192 (38.2)
 Diabetes*62 (12.3)
Secondary medicines prescribed, n (%)
 Statin476 (94.6)
 Aspirin439 (87.3)
 Beta-blocker356 (70.8)
 ACE inhibitor293 (58.3)
 AIIRA104 (20.7)
 Clopidogrel59 (11.7)
Total number of medicines†, median (range)7 (2–20)
Number of individual daily doses, median (range)6 (1–24)
Number of daily administration times, median (range)2 (1–4)
Dosing frequency of medicines, n (%)
 All once daily250 (49.7)
 At least one medicine taken twice daily‡189 (37.6)
 At least one medicine taken more than twice daily64 (12.7)
  • *Prescribed antidiabetic medication.

  • †Includes all medicines and not just secondary prevention medicines.

  • ‡And no medicines taken more than twice daily.

  • ACE, angiotensin converting enzyme; AIIRA, angiotensin II receptor antagonists.