Chronic Kidney Disease and Risk of Stroke Linked

by Jodee on March 4, 2009

Your risk of having a stroke are higher if you have chronic kidney disease as well as atrial fibrillation (AF). Atrial fibrillation is an abnormal heart beat that may sometimes be picked up when a person’s pulse is taken when the doctor or nurse notices the heartbeats don’t follow a regular pattern. This condition is usually diagnosed through an electrocardiogram (ECG).

A person with impaired kidney function may be at a higher risk of stroke because this condition may lead to a buildup of arterial plaque. Patients with kidney disease and AF may experience an inflammation of the arteries, which also increases their risk of stroke.

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