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Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2012 Nov;27(11):4046-52. doi: 10.1093/ndt/gfs438.

Screening for chronic kidney disease can be of help to prevent atherosclerotic end-organ damage.


Atherosclerotic damage to the kidney is one of the most prevalent causes of chronic kidney disease and ultimately kidney failure. It frequently coincides with atherosclerotic damage to the heart, the brain and the lower extremities. In fact, the severity of the damage in the various end organs runs in parallel. As damage to the kidney is easy to measure by monitoring albuminuria and eGFR, and as the early phases of kidney damage frequently precede the alarming symptomatology in the heart, brain and peripheral vasculature, we argue that the nephrologist should consider taking the lead in better organizing early detection and management of CKD. The nephrologist can guide the general practitioner and general health care workers to offer better preventive care to the subjects at risk of progressive atherosclerotic end-organ damage.

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