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Cardiovascular Parameters in Chronic Haemodialysis Patients in Tobago



Objective: To identify cardiac risk factors that contribute to sudden cardiac death and thus optimize them, in an effort to minimize death in this population.

Methods: This was retrospective study and audit. The files of the patients receiving chronic haemodialysis were reviewed. Data collected included age, gender, comorbidities, type of access, length of time on haemodialysis, laboratory indices, main electrocardiogram and echocardiographic findings.

 Results: All patients had elevated intact parathyroid hormone. Patients had hypocalcaemia, hyperphosphatemia, and mild anaemia. Prominent echocardiographic findings were left ventricular hypertrophy and pulmonary hypertension.

Conclusion: Sudden cardiac death in end stage renal disease patients on haemodialysis may be predicted by certain abnormal laboratory findings and echocardiographic findings which may all be positively correlated.

31 Aug, 2015
e-Published: 21 Mar, 2016

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