CKD and Acute Stroke

What happens to our bodies when both occur?

CKD = Chronic Kidney Disease

CKD is a diagnosis. Th diagnosis is the end result of clinical presentations determined by a nephrologist through a series of lab tests, e.g.   complete blood count (CBC), specific evaluation of the  serum creatinine levels. 

Acute Stroke = there is a specific or temporary occlusion that restricts blood flow. When blood flow is restricted organs will shut down. Organs commonly referenced in discussions about stroke are the brain and the heart.  Remember, oxygen and glucose very important supplies to our brain cells. Remember,  creatine kinase  a very important enzyme in the blood that muscle cells need, but too much can lead to heart damage.

Patients with CKD and Acute Stroke 

Patients diagnosed with CKD can experience acute strokes. 

The article, Chronic Kidney Disease and Clinical Outcome in Patients With Acute Stroke (1) originally published in 2009, provides a brief overview of CKD as an "independent factor cardiovascular disease and stroke." A study was conducted on 821 patients with acute stroke to determine CKD  as an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke.  The researchers used the Mayo Clinic Quadratic equation estimate GFR (eGFR) variables (including serum creatinine levels). 

Does the article reveal truth?

The researchers determined that, " low eGFR and the presence of CKD constitute strong independent predictors of mortality and poor outcome in patients with acute stroke. " Overall, the article provides numerical data to support their hypothesis.

Kidney Contenders will continue to monitor this research. 

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