Poor kidney function may up irregular heartbeat risk!

 August 12, 2017 3:35 pm
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People with severe kidney disease may be at a two-fold higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation an irregular heartbeat condition, researchers, led by one of Indian-origin, have suggested.

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Atrial fibrillation:

  • Atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained arrhythmia in the general population.
  • Also,it is especially high in patients with kidney failure.
  • In patients with the lowest kidney function or the greatest amount of proteinuria.
  • Proteinuria,the presence of excess proteins in the urine as well as a sign of kidney damage.
  • The risk for developing atrial fibrillation was approximately two-fold higher compared with those without kidney disease.
  • “This study found that even modest abnormalities in kidney function were linked with a higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation later in life,” said expert.
  • Atrial fibrillation may affect the selection of cardiovascular therapies and is associated with poor clinical outcomes.
  • Thus, an understanding of the risk of atrial fibrillation across a broad range of kidney function is important.

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  • For the study, the team analysed 16,769 community-dwelling individuals without atrial fibrillation.
  • There was a step-wise increase in the risk of incident atrial fibrillation with decreasing kidney function.
  • The findings, suggest that individuals with poor kidney function may benefit from preventive interventions to maintain a normal heart rhythm.

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