Kidney disease can cause irregular heart beat rate - Study

People suffering from Kidney disease are at a higher risk of developing an irregular heart beat rate. Researcher, lead by one of Indian origin scientist have suggested that people with kidney disease are at a two fold risk of developing ‘Atrial Fibrillation’, Atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained arrhythmia in the general populous, and it is especially high in patients with kidney failures.

Patient with poor kidney function leads to excess proteins in the urine also signalling kidney stones. With the presence of protein called, proteinuria, risk of developing atrial fibrillation is two fold higher.

“This study found that even modest abnormalities in kidney function were linked with a higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation later in life,” said Nisha Bansal, assistant professor at the University of Washington.

“Atrial fibrillation may affect the selection of cardiovascular therapies and is associated with poor clinical outcomes. Thus, an understanding of the risk of atrial fibrillation across a broad range of kidney function is important,” she added.

For the study, the team analysed 16,769 community-dwelling individuals without atrial fibrillation. There was a step-wise increase in the risk of incident atrial fibrillation with decreasing kidney function. The findings, which appear in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN), suggest that individuals with poor kidney function may benefit from preventive interventions to maintain a normal heart rhythm.