Objective: To identify cardiac risk factors that contribute to sudden cardiac death in a haemodialysis population and thus optimize them, in an effort to minimize death in this population.
Methods: This was a retrospective study and audit. The medical records of the patients receiving chronic haemodialysis were reviewed for the period January to December 2014. Data collected included age, gender, comorbidities, types of access, length of time on haemodialysis, laboratory indices, and main lectrocardiographic and echocardiographic findings.
Results: All patients had elevated intact parathyroid hormone. Some patients had hypocalcaemia, hyperphosphataemia 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 chocardiographic findings which may all be positively correlated.