Elevated pulmonary pressure: A novel risk marker in kidney disease?

Navaneethan SD, Dweik RA. Kidney Int. 2015 Jul;88(1):7-9. doi: 10.1038/ki.2015.111. PMID: 26126087

Pulmonary hypertension is associated with adverse cardiac outcomes and death in the general population. Bolignano and colleagues studied the prevalence of higher estimated pulmonary artery systolic pressure (⩾35 mm Hg) assessed using echocardiogram among patients with stage 1-4 chronic kidney disease. They further examined the associations of higher pulmonary pressures with a composite cardiovascular outcome. These findings suggest the potential role of pulmonary arterial systolic pressure as a risk marker in those with chronic kidney disease.