Kidneys could give advance warning of cardiac risks

October 29th, 2008 - 2:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Oct 29 (IANS) Kidneys could give advance warning of cardiac risks and should be factored in the assessment of individual risk, according to a study.’Proteinuria’ and ‘albuminuria’ are the presence of proteins in the urine that may be a signal of damage to, or disease of, the kidneys.

One in 20 adults have such markers, and although they have previously been reported to be associated with coronary heart disease (CHD), the consistency and strength of the relationship between the two was not clearly defined.

In a new systematic review and meta-analysis of previously published cohort studies, George Institute researchers have shown a strong and continuous association between proteinuria and subsequent risk of CHD.

The findings of the new analysis suggest that proteinuria should be incorporated into individual cardiovascular risk assessments, according to a release of George Institute of International Health.

CHD is the leading cause of death among adults in developed countries. With age, fatty deposits called atherosclerotic plaques coat the walls of arteries, the vessels that nourish the organs of the body by carrying blood and oxygen to them.

The paper was published in PLoS Medicine.

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