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Kidney stones may increase risk of heart disease and stroke

by Daniel Tomas on 10 September 2014
Health     |      Disease,  Health,  Kidney


People prone to developing kidney stones have additional reasons to worry about this condition. With its ill famed reputation of causing renal diseases, kidney stones may also increase the risk of heart disease, a recent study in American Journal of Kidney Disease suggests. According to this study, people with kidney stones have a 19 percent higher risk of heart disease, and an alarming 40% higher risk of stroke.

Located inside kidneys, renal stones contain minerals and acid salts. There are many reasons why kidney stones develop in almost every area of renal structure, including kidneys, ureters, or urinary bladder. One of the reasons behind kidney stone is the high concentration of minerals in urine which, allowing the minerals to crystallize. A typical composition of kidney stone includes calcium, oxalate, cystine, phosphate, xanthine, and irate. The experience of passing a kidney stone is extremely painful, as urine accumulates behind the stone.

The study conducted at the Department of Clinical Laboratory of First Affiliated Hospital of Guangxi Medical University, China was led by Yangiong Liu and involved data from more that 3.5 million patients, with 50,000 patients admitted to having kidney stones.

“People should be concerned about kidney stones. Evidence suggests an association between kidney stones and incident cardiovascular disease, even after adjusting for other cardiovascular risk factors”, Liu said.

Kidney stones may increase risk of heart disease and stroke

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