According to a new research, simple factors of the kidney’s functions and damage predicts higher possibilities of heart failure and death from a fatal heart attack and stroke than traditional tests of blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
“If health care providers have data on kidney damage and kidney function – which they often do – they should be using those data to better understand a patient’s risk of cardiovascular disease. Cholesterol levels and blood pressure tests are good indicators of cardiovascular risk, but they are not perfect. This study tells us we could do even better with information that often times we are already collecting,” said Kunihiro Matsushita, MD, PhD, an assistant scientist in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Epidemiology and lead author of the study.
The study will accumulate data that will provide physicians with a better choice of decisions on whether patients need to change their lifestyle such as more exercise, healthier diets, and treatments such as statins.
The research suggested that patients with chronic kidney disease are vulnerable in developing cardiovascular disease than those with healthy kidneys.
50 percent of the patients who are suffering from chronic kidney disease die because of cardiovascular problems before the end stage renal conditions are developed.
For the study, researchers have collected data from 24 studies included in the Chronic Kidney Disease Prognosis Consortium.
637,315 participants had no history of cardiovascular disease and with results for eGFR and albuminuria tests were linked with investigation.
The investigators originated that eGFR levels and albuminiuria both displayed prediction of cardiovascular disease.
These tests improve the predictability of heart failure and deaths from heart attack and stroke.
Albuminuria is considered as the stronger conductor of heart failure than eGFR.
The study could not provide information on the link between the kidney disease and cardiovascular disease, but Dr Matsushita believes that an overload of the fluid can cause an improper functioning of the kidneys, leading to a fatal cardiac arrest.