Table 1 Baseline patient characteristics
SA group
MEPA group
P value
(n=20)
(n=20)
Gender, n (%)
0.595
Male
10
11

Female
10
9

Age, mean (SD)
55.85±10.37
56.24±11.18
0.734
Types of stroke, n (%)
0.242
Infarction
14
15

Hemorrhage
6
5

Side of hemiplegia, n (%)
0.294
Left
8
7

Right
12
13

Duration of stroke, mean (SD) (days)
28.76±12.51
29.52±10.37
0.948
After the normality test, the data of age and duration of stroke were in accordance with normal
distribution, so independent sample ttest was used; chisquare test for other data. SD: standard
deviation. P<0.05 indicates statistically significant. Course of stroke: time interval from onset of
stroke to onset of treatment.