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CVD patients should be tested for chronic kidney disease

Brosius said.

"Doctors should look for patients' kidney function using both the MDRD equation and albuminuria tests," said Brosius, a professor of internal medicine and physiology and division chief of nephrology at the University Michigan Hospital Medical System in Ann Arbor, Mich.

"If one or both tests indicate kidney disease, then patients are at high risk for progressive CVD."

The authors recommend combined screening for albuminuria and estimation of kidney function with the MDRD study equation for all adult CVD patients. This includes those with coronary artery disease or congestive heart failure as well as those with CVD risk factors such as diabetes and hypertension.

"Cardiovascular patients should ask their cardiologists about the non-invasive tests to screen for kidney disease," Brosius said. "Doctors should use this advisory as a reminder of the important connection between kidney disease and cardiovascular disease."


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Contact: Karen Astle
karen.astle@heart.org
214-706-1396
American Heart Association
7-Aug-2006


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