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More research needed for dialysis patients, doctor says

Posted On Mon, November 15, 2010

Some segments of the population are at an increased risk of dying from cardiac arrest. One such group is those who are afflicted with kidney disease and require dialysis. However, little research has been done as to why that is.

Dr. Rod Passman says more than 40 percent of those on dialysis die from cardiac disease. Furthermore, he asserts that such statistics are troubling and indicate the importance of conducting more research on the matter.

"There is very little research related to prevention of sudden cardiac death in dialysis patient; this group remains a mystery in terms of medical research, even though their numbers are growing," says Passman. "The lack of research and study of cardiovascular disease in kidney patients is a problem that must be addressed.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the number-one killer of men and women in the country. Lowering one's blood and cholesterol levels can help reduce the likelihood of developing the condition. Not only are the aforementioned conditions potentially deadly, they also are likely to raise one's life insurance rates.

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