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      Hemodynamic Behavior During Hemodialysis: Effects of Dialysate Concentrations of Bicarbonate and Potassium

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          Background/Aims: Ultrafiltration that occurs during hemodialysis (HD) promotes profound alterations in a relatively short period of time. The dialysate content of bicarbonate (DBic) and potassium (DK) may have impact over intradialytic hemodynamics, which goes beyond ultrafiltration, and its impact was evaluated in a prospective cohort. Methods: 30 patients under HD were submitted to hemodynamic assessment (HA) at the beginning and at the end of HD sessions, through a non-invasive method. Serum minus dialysate potassium concentration was expressed as K-Gap. Cardiac index (CI) and peripheral arterial resistance (PAR) variation (post-HD minus pre-HD) were expressed as ΔCI and ΔPAR. Dialysate content of sodium and calcium were expressed as DNa and DCa, respectively. Results: Mean DNa, DK and DBic were, respectively, 136.4 ± 1.1, 2.1 ± 0.6 and 38.2 ± 2.1 mEq/L. In 15 patients, DCa was >1.5 mmol/L and in the other 15 patients ≤ 1.5 mmol/L. The K-Gap ranged from 1.4 to 5.1 mEq/l (median 3.0 mEq/L). There was a reduction in post-HD CI and systolic blood pressure (ΔCI = -0.72l/min/m<sup>2</sup> and -11.3±15.1mmHg, respectively, p<0.001 for both). Conversely, PAR increased (ΔPAR = 272dyn.s/cm<sup>5</sup>, p<0.001). Lower post-HD CI was was associated to higher DBic (p=0.0013) and lower K-Gap (p=0.026). In multivariate analysis, ΔCI was dependent on DBic and K-Gap, whereas ΔPAR was dependent on dialysate calcium during HD. Conclusion: We confirmed that Na and Ca dialysate content exerts and important role on hemodynamic during HD. In addition, our findings pointed out that higher dialysate concentrations of bicarbonate and potassium promote lower cardiac performance at the end of hemodialysis session.

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                Kidney Blood Press Res
                Kidney and Blood Pressure Research
                S. Karger AG
                December 2014
                23 November 2014
                : 39
                : 5
                : 490-496
                aNephrology Division, University of São Paulo, School of Medicine; bMedicine Master Degree Program, Universidade Nove de Julho (UNINOVE), São Paulo, Brazil
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                *Rosilene M Elias, M.D., Ph.D., Nephrology Division, Universidade de São Paulo, Av. Dr. Enéas de Carvalho Aguiar, 255,, 7º andar, Cerqueira Cesar, CEP 05403-000, São Paulo, SP (Brazil), Tel. +55-11-2661 7165, Fax +55-11-2661 7683, E-Mail
                368459 Kidney Blood Press Res 2014;39:490-496
                © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel

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