Women with Kidney Stones May Be at Increased Risk of Coronary Heart Disease

In a recent literature search and meta-analysis, a history of kidney stones was associated with a 43% increased risk of coronary heart disease in women. An association was not significant in males. The North American Journal of Medical Sciences analysis included 7 populations from 4 cohort studies and 1 cross-sectional study. The findings suggest that kidney stone formation may have a vascular pathogenesis or be linked with certain heart disease risk factors. Also, female stone formers may be exposed to unknown factors that increase their coronary heart disease risk.

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In a recent literature search and meta-analysis, a history of kidney stones was associated with a 43% increased risk of coronary heart disease in women. An association was not significant in males. The North American Journal of Medical Sciences analysis included 7 populations from 4 cohort studies and 1 cross-sectional study. The findings suggest that kidney stone formation may have a vascular pathogenesis or be linked with certain heart disease risk factors. Also, female stone formers may be exposed to unknown factors that increase their coronary heart disease risk.

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