Kidney disease has big role in cardiovascular deaths: study

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Kidney disease has big role in cardiovascular deaths: study

Findings show far-reaching impact of renal problems, says UW Medicine nephrologist

A team of global researchers led by UW Medicine nephrologist Bernadette Thomas investigated the effects of kidney disease on a person's heart condition and cardiovascular health.

They found that in 2013, reduced kidney function was associated with 2.2 million deaths worldwide, more than half of which were attributed to cardiovascular conditions.

The findings were published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.