Cardiovascular disease linked to kidney problems

Cardiovascular disease linked to kidney problems

Chronic kidney disease is a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Now, an analysis published in the June 11 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, reveals that CVD also may be an independent risk factor for decreased kidney function and kidney disease. The analysis, which pooled results from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study and the Cardiovascular Health Study, found that out of 13,826 participants, the 1,787 people who had CVD at the start of the study were at an increased risk of kidney function decline and the development of kidney disease. In this study, CVD was defined as stroke, angina, claudication (leg pain caused by peripheral vascular disease), transient ischemic attack (“mini-stroke”), a history of coronary angioplasty or bypass surgery, and heart attack.

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