Kidney injuries claim more lives than MI

More than 50,000 Australians each year are diagnosed with what some researchers are now terming ‘acute kidney attack’, which can be caused by infection, sudden drops in blood pressure as well as x-ray contrast fluid and surgical procedures. Up to now, little has been known about the long-term health consequences.

The researchers followed 1058 patients in Australia and New Zealand who were hospitalised as a result of acute kidney injury and assigned them renal replacement therapy at different levels of intensity

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