A study of 2,248 patients, most of whom had normal kidney function at baseline, found patients who had higher protein intakes experienced a more rapid decline in kidney function following myocardial infarction.
“Post-myocardial infarction (MI) patients, compared with the general population, have a doubled rate of annual kidney function decline of about 2 mL/min/1.73 m2, and are thus at risk for [chronic kidney disease] CKD,” Kevin Esmeijer, MD, of the department of nephrology at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, and colleagues wrote. “Classic cardiovascular risk factors, such as diabetes, smoking and hypertension, can only explain part of the accelerated kidney function decline. Identification of novel modifiable risk factors is important for targeted prevention of kidney function decline and may improve life expectancy in post-MI patients.”
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