Microalbuminuria is an independent risk factor for venous thromboembolism (VTE), reports a study in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
The investigators analyzed data on 8574 Dutch adults participating in a community cohort study. Microalbuminuria, defined as albumin level of 30 to 300 mg per 24-h urine collection, was assessed as a risk factor for deep vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism. At an average follow-up of 8.6 years, the annual incidence of VTE was 0.14 percent.
As urinary albumin excretion (UAE) increased, so did the incidence of VTE: 0.12 percent at UAE under 15 mg/24 h, 0.20