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A prospective study about impact of renal dysfunction and morbidity and mortality on cardiovascular events after ischemic stroke

Meta Penko, Tanja Hojs Fabjan, Sebastjan Bevc, Vojko Kanič, Radovan Hojs
DOI: 10.5603/CJ.a2013.0083
Cardiol J 2014;21(2):163-169.


Background: The aim of our prospective study was to define the impact of renal dysfunction on future cardiovascular events and total mortality in 390 patients suffering from ischemic stroke.

Methods: A quantitative measurement of neurologic deficit according to National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score was performed. Blood parameters were measured. Diabetes, hypertension and smoking habits were defined. Estimated glomerular filtration rate was calculated.

Results: 153 (39.2%) patients had renal dysfunction. In the follow-up period in 36 (9.2%) patients acute coronary syndrome, in 102 (26.2%) recurrent ischemic stroke and in 44 (11.3%) peripheral arterial disease were documented. 191 (49%) patient died, 118 (30.3%) of whom died of cardiovascular events. Patients who died were older, had higher prevalence of renal dysfunction and NIHSS score. The Kaplan-Meier survival analysis showed that total mortality (p < 0.003) and cardiovascular mortality (p < 0.01) were higher in patients with renal dysfunction. According to Cox’s regression analysis, renal dysfunction was the predictor of cardiovascular events, cardiovascular and total mortality.

Conclusions: Patients with ischemic stroke and renal dysfunction are at higher risk for long term cardiovascular and total mortality. The patients with ischemic stroke and renal dysfunction are also at higher risk of new cardiovascular morbidity. Renal dysfunction should be added to the other known prognostic factors in patients with ischemic stroke. Our results also emphasize the importance of identification and management of renal dysfunction in stroke patients.