If you have kidney failure, we recommend that you treat it as soon as possible because it is a threat to your cardiovascular health.
A new study suggests that even a slight decline in kidney function can lead to heart damage.
“Mild chronic disease is a common kidney disease, affecting more than 10 percent of the US population,” said lead author Dr. Jonathan Tonvand, a professor of heart disease at Queen Elizabeth Birmingham Hospital in London. “So if kidney disease is really one of the causes of heart disease, it makes it a major public health problem.”
The study, published in the January 11 issue of the Journal of Blood Pressure, included 68 living kidney donors with a mean age of 47 years who were followed up for one year after donation. They were compared with a control group of 56 people with a mean age of 44 years who did not have a kidney donation.
The study found that kidney donors had an expected decrease in kidney function, an increase in left ventricular volume (a strong risk factor for heart disease), and an increase in heart damage indicators in blood tests compared to controls.
According to the study, there was no difference between the two groups in terms of blood pressure.