Atherosclerosis Linked to Renal Artery Calcification

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Renal artery calcification (RAC) is strongly associated with atherosclerosis, according to a study of 350 patients who underwent abdominal CT scans. RAC was found in 29% of subjects.

Aortic calcifications were found in all patients with RAC but only 35% of those without RAC, researchers reported in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation (2009;24:2170-2175).

Male gender, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia were associated with a 2.2, 2.4, and 2.9 times higher risk of RAC, respectively.

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