Microalbuminuria is independently associated with an increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (2009;301:1790-1797).

In a study of 8,574 participants in the Prevention of Renal and Vascular End-Stage Disease study, researchers found that microalbuminuria (urinary albumin excretion 30-300 mg per 24-hour urine collection) increased VTE risk twofold compared with normoalbuminuria after adjusting for confounders.