Chronic Kidney Disease Increases Sudden Cardiac Arrest Risk in Hispanic and Latino People


Chronic kidney disease is among the strongest risk factors for sudden cardiac arrest in Hispanic and Latino people, a new study suggests.

For the study, researchers examined medical records for two groups of Hispanic and Latino adults — 295 people who experienced sudden cardiac arrest, and a control group of 590 individuals without this history. Roughly half the cardiac arrest patients had chronic kidney disease, and 20 percent had advanced cases requiring dialysis, according to study results published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

“We were surprised by the high proportion of Hispanic or Latino people with chronic kidney disease, and especially the high number on dialysis,” said the lead study author, Kyndaron Reinier, PhD, MPH, the associate director of the center for cardiac arrest prevention at the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles, in a statement.

Compared with people who didn’t experience cardiac arrest, those who did were 7.3 times more likely to have chronic kidney disease, the study found.


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