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1 Manisha Singh MD, is assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine Division of Nephrology and director of the Home Dialysis Program, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), VA, in Little Rock. She is also co-director, M2 renal Module, UAMS.
The fact that chronic kidney disease (CKD) and cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are closely related would not surprise any healthcare professional. Of note, the data show that the primary cause of death resulting from CKD is a cardiovascular event and also that CKD is one of the important risk factors for CVD.
We have established data that CKD awareness and research are lagging despite the significant impact of this disease on patients and the healthcare system. CVD, traditionally thought to be a “male” problem, is actually the main killer of older people of both sexes universally. In fact, each year CVD