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Semin Dial. 2002 Mar-Apr;15(2):121-6.

Cardiovascular abnormalities and hypertension in the elderly dialysis patient.

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  • 1Department Internal Medicine, Ruperto Carola University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany.


Elderly individuals comprise an ever-increasing proportion of patients on renal replacement therapy (RRT). As in younger patients, cardiovascular events are the major cause of death in the elderly on RRT, although the relative proportion succumbing to cardiovascular events is similar to that in young patients. An important observation is that the elderly are particularly likely to experience higher mortality if dialysis technique is suboptimal; they also experience particular benefit from successful renal transplantation. The latter observation has led to an "old for old" program in Europe.

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