JAHANIAN: BHF-funded researchers have found that people with even the earliest signs of chronic kidney disease are at greater risk of developing heart disease. A link between kidney disease and heart disease is already established. But this study suggests doctors could modestly improve predicting the risk of heart disease in their patients by assessing for chronic kidney disease as well as testing for traditional risk factors such as blood pressure and cholesterol.
Ellen Mason, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Heart and circulatory disease continues to be the biggest killer in the UK and damage to the kidneys can impact upon the heart and circulatory system.
“This study adds further evidence of chronic kidney disease being associated with heart disease, with even the earliest stages of kidney disease linked to an increased risk of subsequent heart disease. “The study doesn’t go so far as saying everyone should have their kidney function tested through blood and urine checks as it recommends further studies first. But it does highlight that if someone has even mild chronic kidney disease, they should be considered as being at an increased risk of heart disease.”
The BHF was a major founder for this study. The research is published in the British Medical Journal.-SANA