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      Clinical Significance of Chronic Kidney Disease and Atrial Fibrillation on Morbidity and Mortality in Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction

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          Background/Aims: Atrial fibrillation (AF) often coexists with acute myocardial infarction (AMI), and chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a major risk for AMI. However, the combined impact of CKD and AF on the mortality and morbidity in AMI population has not been determined. Methods: Between January 2004 and December 2009, a total of 4,738 AMI patients were enrolled prospectively. Patients were divided into four groups according to the combined status of CKD and AF. The primary endpoint was a combination of 5-year major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events (MACCE). Results: The prevalence of AF was significantly higher in CKD patients than in non-CKD patients (6.76 vs. 3.31%, p < 0.001). The highest cumulative event rate of MACCE and death was observed in patients with both CKD and AF (68.5 and 64.0%), respectively. In multivariable analyses, compared with patients with neither AF nor CKD, hazard ratios (HR) for composite of MACCE were 1.66 (95% CI, 1.14-2.41), 1.24 (95% CI, 1.06-1.46), and 2.10 (95% CI, 1.42-3.13) for patients with AF only, those with CKD only, and those with both CKD and AF, respectively (p for interaction = 0.935). Patients with both CKD and AF had a greatest risk for all-cause mortality (HR 2.54; 95% CI, 1.60-4.53), and the significant synergistic interaction was observed between CKD and AF (p for interaction = 0.015). Conclusion: The combined effect of AF and CKD on the risk of MACCE after an AMI is stronger than any separate condition, and it confers a synergistic effect on the all-cause mortality risk.

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                Am J Nephrol
                American Journal of Nephrology
                S. Karger AG
                November 2014
                29 October 2014
                : 40
                : 4
                : 345-352
                aDivision of Nephrology, bDivision of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, and cDepartment of Internal Medicine, Chonnam National University Hospital, Gwangju, Korea
                Author notes
                *Youngkeun Ahn, MD, PhD, FACC, FSCAI, Department of Cardiology, Chonnam National University Hospital, Jebongro 671, Dong-gu, Gwangju, 501-757 (Korea), E-Mail cecilyk@hanmail.net
                368422 Am J Nephrol 2014;40:345-352
                © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel

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