Are doctors ignoring kidney disease in patients with AF?

Real-world study shows there is a heightened mortality risk

Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) are being treated similarly, whether or not they have chronic kidney disease (CKD), but this may be raising mortality rates, a registry study shows.

Diagram of kidneys in the chest

More than 33,000 patients in the GARFIELD-AF registry, from 35 countries including Australia, were followed for a year after being newly diagnosed with AF.

Researchers classified their outcomes by kidney disease status: nearly 11% had moderate to severe CKD, 17% had mild CKD and 72% did not have any kidney disease.

Moderate to severe CKD was