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      Interdialytic Weight Gain and Cardiovascular Outcome in Incident Hemodialysis Patients


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          Background: Interdialytic weight gain (IDWG) has been regarded as a surrogate of volume overload, but also as a marker of a better nutritional status in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients on hemodialysis (HD). This paradoxical meaning of IDWG requires further investigation, particularly in adverse cardiovascular outcomes. Methods: A prospective cohort of 1,013 incident HD patients from 36 HD centers of the Clinical Research Center for ESRD in Korea was included. Patients were categorized into five groups according to the IDWG%, a ratio of absolute IDWG to dry weight: <1.0, ≥4.0, and every 1.0 increment in between. Primary outcome was major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events (MACCE). Results: During a mean follow-up of 18.7 months, primary outcome was observed in 104 patients (10.3%). In multivariate analysis, compared to patients with IDWG% of 1.0-1.9 (reference group), the hazard ratios (HRs) for primary outcome in the IDWG% <1.0, 2.0-2.9, 3.0-3.9, and ≥4.0 groups were 1.10 [95% confidence interval (CI) 0.55-2.20, p = 0.80], 1.15 (95% CI 0.59-2.27, p = 0.68), 1.80 (95% CI 0.95-3.41, p = 0.07), and 1.93 (95% CI 1.02-3.64, p = 0.04), respectively. Furthermore, even when residual renal function and 24-hour urine volume were adjusted, IDWG% ≥4.0 remained as a significant predictor of primary outcome (HR 2.03, 95% CI 1.02-4.02, p = 0.04). Conclusion: Increased IDWG% is a significant independent predictor of MACCE in incident HD patients. It could be helpful to prevent excessive IDWG for improving clinical outcomes in incident HD patients.

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          Patients with chronic kidney disease (stage 5) who undergo hemodialysis treatment have similarities to heart failure patients in that both populations retain fluid frequently and have excessively high mortality. Volume overload in heart failure is associated with worse outcomes. We hypothesized that in hemodialysis patients, greater interdialytic fluid gain is associated with poor all-cause and cardiovascular survival. We examined 2-year (July 2001 to June 2003) mortality in 34,107 hemodialysis patients across the United States who had an average weight gain of at least 0.5 kg above their end-dialysis dry weight by the time the subsequent hemodialysis treatment started. The 3-month averaged interdialytic weight gain was divided into 8 categories of 0.5-kg increments (up to > or =4.0 kg). Eighty-six percent of patients gained >1.5 kg between 2 dialysis sessions. In unadjusted analyses, higher weight gain was associated with better nutritional status (higher protein intake, serum albumin, and body mass index) and tended to be linked to greater survival. However, after multivariate adjustment for demographics (case mix) and surrogates of malnutrition-inflammation complex, higher weight-gain increments were associated with increased risk of all-cause and cardiovascular death. The hazard ratios (95% confidence intervals) of cardiovascular death for weight gain or =4.0 kg (compared with 1.5 to 2.0 kg as the reference) were 0.67 (0.58 to 0.76) and 1.25 (1.12 to 1.39), respectively. In hemodialysis patients, greater fluid retention between 2 subsequent hemodialysis treatment sessions is associated with higher risk of all-cause and cardiovascular death. The mechanisms by which fluid retention influences cardiovascular survival in hemodialysis may be similar to those in patients with heart failure and warrant further research.
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            Nonadherence among hemodialysis patients compromises dialysis delivery, which could influence patient morbidity and mortality. The Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) provides a unique opportunity to review this problem and its determinants on a global level. Nonadherence was studied using data from the DOPPS, an international, observational, prospective hemodialysis study. Patients were considered nonadherent if they skipped one or more sessions per month, shortened one or more sessions by more than 10 minutes per month, had a serum potassium level openface>6.0 mEq/L, a serum phosphate level openface>7.5 mg/dL (>2.4 mmol/L), or interdialytic weight gain (IDWG)>5.7% of body weight. Predictors of nonadherence were identified using logistic regression. Survival analysis used the Cox proportional hazards model adjusting for case-mix. Skipping treatment was associated with increased mortality [relative risk (RR) = 1.30, P = 0.01], as were excessive IDWG (RR = 1.12, P = 0.047) and high phosphate levels (RR = 1.17, P = 0.001). Skipping also was associated with increased hospitalization (RR = 1.13, P = 0.04), as were high phosphate levels (RR = 1.07, P = 0.05). Larger facility size (per 10 patients) was associated with higher odds ratios (OR) of skipping (OR = 1.03, P = 0.06), shortening (OR = 1.03, P = 0.05), and IDWG (OR = 1.02, P = 0.07). An increased percentage of highly trained staff hours was associated with lower OR of skipping (OR = 0.84 per 10%, P = 0.02); presence of a dietitian was associated with lower OR of excessive IDWG (OR = 0.75, P = 0.08). Nonadherence was associated with increased mortality risk (skipping treatment, excessive IDWG, and high phosphate) and with hospitalization risk (skipping, high phosphate). Certain patient/facility characteristics also were associated with nonadherence.
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                Am J Nephrol
                American Journal of Nephrology
                S. Karger AG
                June 2014
                10 May 2014
                : 39
                : 5
                : 427-435
                aDepartment of Internal Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, bSeverance Biomedical Science Institute, Brain Korea 21 PLUS, Yonsei University, cDepartment of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, dDepartment of Internal Medicine, Catholic University of Korea College of Medicine, Seoul, eDepartment of Internal Medicine, Kyungpook National University School of Medicine, fClinical Research Center for End-Stage Renal Disease, Daegu, and gDepartment of Internal Medicine, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju, Korea
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                *Shin-Wook Kang, MD, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, Severance Biomedical Science Institute, Brain Korea 21 PLUS, Yonsei University, 134 Shinchon-Dong, Seodaemun-Gu, Seoul 120-752 (Korea), E-Mail kswkidney@yuhs.ac
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                362743 Am J Nephrol 2014;39:427-435
                © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel

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                : 07 February 2014
                : 03 April 2014
                Page count
                Tables: 4, Pages: 9
                Original Report: Patient-Oriented, Translational Research

                Cardiovascular Medicine,Nephrology
                Interdialytic weight gain,Hemodialysis,Cardiovascular outcome


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