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Latino Health Alert: Kidney Disease Linked to Cardiac Arrest

HealthReporter author Nadzeya Sankovich
Written by Nadzeya Sankovich
Last update: October 12, 2023
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Latino Health Alert - Kidneys Linked to Heart Stops

Key Takeaways

  • A study from Cedars-Sinai reveals that Hispanics and Latinos with chronic kidney disease face a significant risk of sudden cardiac arrest.
  • With a survival rate of less than 10%, understanding and preventing sudden cardiac arrest is crucial for this at-risk group.

Hispanics and Latinos with kidney problems need to be extra cautious, says a recent study from Cedars-Sinai. The research found that those with chronic kidney disease are at higher risk for sudden cardiac arrest, when the heart stops unexpectedly.

Dr. Kyndaron Reinier, lead author of the study, highlighted the low survival rate (less than 10%) during sudden cardiac arrest. He recommends close monitoring and management of kidney disease for this group.

Part of the ongoing Prediction of Sudden Death in Multi-Ethnic Communities (PRESTO) project, the study looked at data from 1,468 adults in Ventura County who had sudden cardiac arrest between 2015 and 2021. They analyzed things like age, sex, and different health factors. 

The findings showed that people who had sudden cardiac arrest were more likely to have chronic kidney disease, stroke, atrial fibrillation, coronary artery disease, heart failure, diabetes, or a history of heavy drinking.

In fact, out of those who had sudden cardiac arrest, 51% had already been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, and 20% were on dialysis at the time

This is the first such analysis of risk factors for sudden cardiac arrest among Hispanic and Latino populations in the US.

Why It’s Important to You

The study reveals that Latinos or Hispanics with kidney issues may face a heightened risk of sudden heart complications. If you’re part of this demographic, ensure you see your doctor regularly to keep track of your health and spot potential concerns at an early stage.

Sources

  1. Cardiac arrest: Hispanics, Latinos with kidney disease at high risk. (2023, October 11). EurekAlert!
    https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/1004024
  2. Reinier, K. (2023, October 11). Risk Factors for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Among Hispanic or Latino Adults in Southern California: Ventura PRESTO and HCHS/SOL. Journal of the American Heart Association.
    https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/JAHA.123.030062
Written by Nadzeya Sankovich
Nadzeya Sankovich is the Vice President of Communications at Health Reporter. Previously a professional journalist, she continues to write scientific articles and conduct research. With a background in sociology and medicine, she has worked with various healthcare organizations, from charities to telemedicine platforms.

Nadzeya is also a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and a volunteer for a non-profit organization that helps underserved communities. Through her work, she empowers people to take charge of their health and well-being.
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