Coronary artery calcium strong predictor of CVD risk

Calcium build-up in the coronary arteries of chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients better predicted cardiovascular risk compared with conventional risk factors, according to a US study.

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health studied 6,553 adults aged 45 to 84 years without a history of CVD, of which 1,284 had CKD.

After a median follow-up time of eight years, 650 cardiovascular events occurred, with 236 of the events occurring in those with CKD.