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    Abstract: Background The usefulness of estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) and albuminuria for prediction of cardiovascular outcomes is controversial. We aimed to assess the addition of creatinine-based eGFR and albuminuria to traditional risk factors for prediction of cardiovascular risk with a meta-analytic approach. Methods We meta-analysed individual-level data for 637 315 individuals without a history of cardiovascular disease from 24 cohorts (median follow-up 4.2-19.0 years) included in the Chronic Kidney Disease Prognosis Consortium. We assessed C statistic difference and reclassification improvement for cardiovascular mortality and fatal and non-fatal cases of coronary heart disease, stroke, and heart failure in a 5 year timeframe, contrasting prediction models for traditional risk factors with and without creatinine-based eGFR, albuminuria (either albumin-to-creatinine ratio [ACR] or semi-quantitative dipstick proteinuria), or both. Findings The addition of eGFR and ACR significantly improved the discrimination of cardiovascular outcomes beyond traditional risk factors in general populations, but the improvement was greater with ACR than with eGFR, and more evident for cardiovascular mortality (C statistic difference 0.0139 [95% CI 0.0105- 0.0174] for ACR and 0.0065 [0.0042-0.0088] for eGFR) and heart failure (0.0196 [0.0108-0.0284] and 0.0109 [0.0059-0.0159]) than for coronary disease (0.0048 [0.0029-0.0067] and 0.0036 [0.0019-0.0054]) and stroke (0.0105 [0.0058-0.0151]and 0.0036 [0.0004-0.0069]). Dipstick proteinuria showed smaller improvement than ACR. The discrimination improvement with eGFR or ACR was especially evident in individuals with diabetes or hypertension, but remained significant with ACR for cardiovascular mortality and heart failure in those without either of these disorders. In individuals with chronic kidney disease, the combination of eGFR and ACR for risk discrimination outperformed most single traditional predictors; the C statistic for cardiovascular mortality fell by 0.0227 (0.0158-0.0296) after omission of eGFR and ACR compared with less than 0.007 for any single modifiable traditional predictor. Interpretation Creatinine-based eGFR and albuminuria should be taken into account for cardiovascular prediction, especially when these measures are already assessed for clinical purpose or if cardiovascular mortality and heart failure are outcomes of interest. ACR could have particularly broad implications for cardiovascular prediction. In populations with chronic kidney disease, the simultaneous assessment of eGFR and ACR could facilitate improved classification of cardiovascular risk, supporting current guidelines for chronic kidney disease. Our results lend some support to also incorporating eGFR and ACR into assessments of cardiovascular risk in the general population.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 26028594
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    Abstract: Background Chronic kidney disease is characterised by low estimated glomerular fi ltration rate (eGFR) and high albuminuria, and is associated with adverse outcomes. Whether these risks are modifi ed by diabetes is unknown. Methods We did a meta-analysis of studies selected according to Chronic Kidney Disease Prognosis Consortium criteria. Data transfer and analyses were done between March, 2011, and June, 2012. We used Cox proportional hazards models to estimate the hazard ratios (HR) of mortality and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) associated with eGFR and albuminuria in individuals with and without diabetes. Findings We analysed data for 1 024 977 participants (128 505 with diabetes) from 30 general population and highrisk cardiovascular cohorts and 13 chronic kidney disease cohorts. In the combined general population and highrisk cohorts with data for all-cause mortality, 75 306 deaths occurred during a mean follow-up of 8.5 years (SD 5.0). In the 23 studies with data for cardiovascular mortality, 21 237 deaths occurred from cardiovascular disease during a mean follow-up of 9.2 years (SD 4.9). In the general and high-risk cohorts, mortality risks were 1.2-1.9 times higher for participants with diabetes than for those without diabetes across the ranges of eGFR and albumin-tocreatinine ratio (ACR). With fi xed eGFR and ACR reference points in the diabetes and no diabetes groups, HR of mortality outcomes according to lower eGFR and higher ACR were much the same in participants with and without diabetes (eg, for all-cause mortality at eGFR 45 mL/min per 1.73 m y [vs 95 mL/min per 1.73 m y], HR 1.35; 95% CI 1.18-1.55; vs 1.33; 1.19-1.48 and at ACR 30 mg/g [vs 5 mg/g], 1.50; 1.35-1.65 vs 1.52; 1.38-1.67). The overall interactions were not signifi cant. We identifi ed much the same fi ndings for ESRD in the chronic kidney disease cohorts. Interpretation Despite higher risks for mortality and ESRD in diabetes, the relative risks of these outcomes by eGFR and ACR are much the same irrespective of the presence or absence of diabetes, emphasising the importance of kidney disease as a predictor of clinical outcomes.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 23013602
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    Publication Date: 2018-05-16
    Description: Objective Prevention of hearing impairment is important because it is difficult to recover from it. Epidemiological studies have examined the risk factors for hearing impairment; however, the association between dipstick proteinuria and hearing impairment has not been previously examined. This study aimed to clarify the association between dipstick proteinuria and hearing impairment. Design Cross-sectional study. Setting Office and factory workers from all over Japan. Participants The total number of subjects was 7005. All were employees of the same company. Of these, we recruited 6192 subjects who underwent dipstick urine test and hearing test by audiometry in annual health check-ups (mean age 44.9 years, men 88.3%). Primary outcomes Hearing tests were performed at two frequencies (1 kHz, 4 kHz) as prescribed by law in Japan. We defined the inability of subjects to respond to 30 dB at 1 kHz and/or 40 dB at 4 kHz as overall moderate hearing impairment. In addition, we defined moderate hearing impairment at 1 kHz (4 kHz) as an abnormal finding at 1 kHz (4 kHz). We examined the associations between degree of dipstick proteinuria and hearing impairment after adjustment for age, sex, body mass index, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, serum creatinine level and history of noisy work environment. Results Overall moderate hearing impairment was noted in 324 subjects (5.2%). Of these, 107 subjects (1.7%) had moderate hearing impairment at 1 kHz and 278 subjects (4.5%) at 4 kHz. Dipstick proteinuria was significantly associated with overall moderate hearing impairment, as well as moderate hearing impairment at both 1 kHz and 4 kHz. The prevalence of overall moderate hearing impairment among subjects with proteinuria ≥2+ was 23.5%, while that among subjects without proteinuria was 5.2% (p〈0.01). Conclusions Dipstick proteinuria was associated with moderate hearing impairment in Japanese workers.
    Keywords: Open access, Epidemiology, Epidemiology
    Electronic ISSN: 2044-6055
    Topics: Medicine
    Published by BMJ Publishing
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