Coronary calcium predicts heart disease risk in patients with chronic kidney disease

Calcium buildup in the coronary arteries may be a better indicator of kidney disease patients risk of heart disease than traditional risk factors used in the general population, according to a study appearing in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). The findings provide valuable new information that could help safeguard the heart health of patients with kidney disease.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in individuals with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Some studies have found that conventional risk factors for predicting an individuals likelihood of developing heart disease arent as useful in CKD patients as they are in the general population.

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