SPECT results link chronic kidney disease, anemia to heart disease

08/29/2008 | Medicexchange

Myocardial perfusion defects were more common in patients diagnosed with both anemia and chronic kidney disease than in those without one or both conditions, researchers found after performing gated myocardial perfusion SPECT and clinical evaluations on more than 1,500 patients. The findings suggest that anemia and CKD may be included in the global risk assessment for patients suspected to have coronary artery disease, the researchers said.

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