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Study quantifies dangers of renal disease after heart attack

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 23 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:702
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Even mild renal disease, as measured by the glomerular filtration rate (GFR), is a major risk factor for cardiovascular complications after myocardial infarction.

    Although renal failure has been associated with one of the highest risks in determining outcome after a heart attack, until now the influence of milder degrees of renal impairment was less well defined (New England Journal of Medicine 2004;351:1285-91).

    In the current study, researchers from the valsartan in acute myocardial infarction trial (VALIANT) led by Dr Nagesh Anavekar of the cardiovascular division at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, identified 14 527 …

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