Declining Cardiovascular Mortality in Dialysis Patients – Consumer Health News

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TUESDAY, April 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Cardiovascular death rates declined more in dialysis patients than in the general population between 1998 and 2015 in Europe, according to a study published online April 18 in Open JAMA Network.

Gurbey Ocak, MD, Ph.D., of Sint Antonius Hospital in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands, and colleagues assessed death rates (from 1998 to 2015) for myocardial infarction, stroke, and pulmonary embolism in 220,467 patients (in 11 European countries) receiving dialysis compared to the general population.

Researchers found that during follow-up, 9.1% of patients died from myocardial infarction, 6% died from stroke, and 0.5% died from stroke. a pulmonary embolism. Between the periods 1998 to 2003 and 2010 to 2015, the ratio of age- and sex-standardized mortality rates [SMR] for myocardial infarction decreased from 8.1 to 6.8, while the SMR for stroke decreased from 7.3 to 5.8 and the SMR for pulmonary embolism decreased from 8.7 to 5.5.

“Mortality rates from myocardial infarction, stroke, and pulmonary embolism improved more in dialysis patients than in the general population, suggesting possible improvement in predialysis and dialysis care,” the authors write.

Several authors disclosed financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry.

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