American College of Cardiology annual meeting: Trio of kidney disease signs takes toll on heart

American College of Cardiology annual meeting,March 6–9, Orlando

Trio of kidney disease signs takes toll on heart

The confluence of three common signs of kidney disease spells big trouble for the heart, suggests the Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP), a community-based study aimed at identifying people at risk for chronic kidney disease.

Anemia, microalbuminuria (the appearance in the urine of small but abnormal amounts of a blood protein known as albumin), and a low glomerular filtration rate (a measure of the kidneys' ability to filter and remove waste products and toxins from the blood) individually herald possible problems with kidney function.

Among 24,000 men and women taking part in KEEP, 36% of those with all three had some type of cardiovascular disease, either peripheral vascular disease or a prior heart attack or stroke. Among those with dangerously low glomerular filtration rates (under 30 milliliters per minute), a whopping 71% had some type of cardiovascular disease.

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