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Table 1 General patients' characteristics

From: Early administration of norepinephrine increases cardiac preload and cardiac output in septic patients with life-threatening hypotension

  Values
Number of patients 105
Age, years 63 ± 12
Sex ratio, male/female 71/34
Mechanically ventilated patients, % 86
Baseline plasma lactate concentration, mmol/L 3.8 ± 1.2
SOFA 12 ± 2
SAPS II 57 ± 12
Prior hypertension, n 29
Prior cardiomyopathy, n 30
Baseline left ventricular ejection fraction, % 49 ± 10
Origin of sepsis  
Lung, n 83
Abdomen, n 10
Urinary tract, n 8
Others, n 4