Hypertension and nephrology

[Lipid-lowering treatment in chronic kidney disease in light of new studies and recommendations]


SEPTEMBER 13, 2021

Hypertension and nephrology - 2021;25(04)

[Summary – Chronic kidney disease (CKD), which affects 10-14% of the population, dramatically increases the incidence and severity of cardiovascular (CV) disease, leading to death in the majority of patients before kidney replacement therapy. The current CV risk scorecards in CKD significantly underestimate the real risk and are therefore not applicable. For CV risk assessment it is recommended to use the combined GFR/proteinuria table also, which is used for CKD classification, was also adopted by the Hungarian CV Consensus Conference last year. The benefit of cholesterol- lowering treatment has also been demonstrated in CKD, and a 1 mmol/l reduction in LDL-c, as in the general population, reduces the incidence of major CV events by 20%. Recent clinical trials have clearly indicated that the lower the LDL-c values achieved, the lower the risk of future CV events, and therefore the new recommendations have tightened the LDL-c values to be achieved. ]


  1. Debreceni Egyetem, Klinikai Központ, Belgyógyászati Intézet, Nefrológiai Tanszék, Debrecen



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