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 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.
- 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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