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Urinary albumin link to heart risk

Patients with diabetes are up to eight times more likely to suffer from cardiovascular events if they have microalbuminuria, a meta-analysis has shown.

The researchers said they intended to conduct further research to clarify the potential benefit of reducing the level

of urinary albumin to see

if the risk of cardiovascular complications could be reduced.

Study leader Dr Kasem Akhras, senior lecturer in pharmacy practice at the

University of Illinois in Chicago, reviewed 651 studies

that looked at the role of

microalbuminuria in patients with diabetes and hypertension.

The results, in the December issue of Pharmacotherapy, showed patients with microalbuminuria were between two and eight times more likely to suffer a cardiac event or die from heart disease.

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