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What’s hot in cardiorenal medicine

December 2013 Br J Cardiol 2013;20:133-5

What’s hot in cardiorenal medicine

Drs Kathryn Watson and Alice Zheng

Abstract

Advances in imaging and diagnosis Dr Nik Abidin (Consultant Cardiologist, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust) kicked off the theme of ‘Advances in diagnosis’ with a tantalising taster of the future of echocardiography, and a demonstration of what is already possible. Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have a high incidence of cardiac dysfunction, with 75% of patients with significant CKD demonstrating left ventricular hypertrophy. In such patients, left ventricular dilatation occurs late with advanced disease, and left ventricular mass is an earlier predictor of cardiac mortality. An increase in left atrium size is the downstream

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