Features September 2012 Issue

Chronic Kidney Disease May Pose Greater Heart Risk than Diabetes

The risk type 2 diabetes poses to heart health is well established, but individuals with chronic kidney disease (CKD) may face even higher risks of having a heart attack than those with diabetes. That’s among the findings of a large population-based study published online June 18 in the Lancet. But CKD did not rise to the level of a “coronary heart disease (CHD) risk equivalent,” meaning that it does not put a person at the same risk of having a heart attack, also known as a myocardial infarction or MI, as does a history of heart disease. The study notes that the “data show that diabetes alone and chronic kidney disease alone… do not increase the rate of myocardial infarction to the same extent as does a history of coronary disease, and therefore do not support the use of the term coronary heart disease risk equivalent for either disorder.”

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