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Elderly show strong link between kidney disease and heart health

April 27, 2011
The elderly have a significant prevalence of chronic kidney disease that has a strong link to heart problems, according to an online issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

The journal reported on data from a long-term study that involved more than 1,000 people over age 80 and found that the prevalence of kidney disease ranged from 33 percent to 51 percent. The seniors were part of an in-depth heart health study within four U.S. communities called the Cardiovascular Health Study All Stars.

While they acknowledged that using different methods to assess kidney function resulted in varied estimates, the results consistently showed a connection to heart disease, researchers concluded. Participants with chronic kidney disease were up to two times more likely to have cardiovascular problems, including heart attacks and strokes.

In one of the clinical trials focused on heart health at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, researchers are evaluating proteins present in the blood during a heart attack where blood flow is diminished. The institute is the research facility of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.
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