Kidney Transplants Seen to Improve Aspects of Cardiac Health in CKD Patients

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Kidney disease patients who undergo a transplant show a degree of improved cardiac health afterward, researchers reported, highlighting the known, dynamic interaction between the kidneys and the heart.

For the study, “Improved Left Ventricular Structure and Function After Successful Kidney Transplantation,” published in the journal Kidney and Blood Pressure Research, a research team from Germany evaluated 31 patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) who had received a kidney transplant.

The team performed medical examinations, laboratory tests and echocardiography before and after surgery. They also used a novel echocardiographic method called speckle tracking echocardiography (STE), a very sensitive way of detecting subtle changes in heart parameters.

Results showed that after a kidney transplant, systolic blood pressure, or the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats, decreased significantly in patients.

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