Kidney Disease in Heart, Stroke Link

LONDON, Oct. 1 (UPI) — Poor kidney function has been identified as an early warning of possible heart disease and stroke, U.S., Asian and European studies found.

An analysis of 33 studies involving more than 280,000 people by U.S. and Taiwanese researchers suggests a low fluid rate through the kidneys was linked to a higher risk of stroke in later life, Britain’s Daily Telegraph reported Friday.

People with a filtration rate of about half the normal level had a 43 percent higher risk of suffering a stroke in the future, the study found.

The researchers recommended that treatments to lower the risk of strokes, such as cholesterol-lowering drugs like statins, should be given to those with poor kidney function.

A second study by British and Icelandic researchers found that people with even the earliest stages of kidney disease were at an increased risk of developing coronary heart disease.

The study tracked nearly 17,000 people in Iceland over a 24-year period.

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