Decrease in Blood Pressure Over Time Linked To Kidney Function Decline

Gijs Van Pottelbergh, MD, PhD Department of Health and Technology Leuven University College Leuven, BelgiumMedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Gijs Van Pottelbergh, MD, PhD
Department of Health and Technology
Leuven University College
Leuven, Belgium

Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: Earlier research identified arterial hypertension as a cause of chronic kidney disease but in older persons the relation between blood pressure and kidney function is little investigated.This study analyses the relation between dynamic blood pressure measurements and kidney function over time. A decline in blood pressure over time turned out to be a strong risk factor for kidney function decline in all age strata.

Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?

Response: Further research is needed to conform these results and to analyze possible consequences for clinical practice.

Medical Research: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: First these results needs confirmation in other cohorts. When confirmed the focus should move to the investigation of the underling mechanism of this decline in kidney function over time.

Citation:

The correlation between blood pressure and kidney function decline in older people: a registry-based cohort study

Bert Vaes, Emilie Beke, Carla Truyers, Steven Elli, Frank Buntinx, Jan Y Verbakel, Geert Goderis, Gijs Van Pottelbergh

BMJ Open 2015;5:6 e007571 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-007571

 

Gijs Van Pottelbergh, MD, PhD Department of Health and Technology (2015). Decrease in Blood Pressure Over Time Linked To Kidney Function Decline 

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