Kidney Function Connected to Heart Disease in Native Americans

Developing a model to predict cardiovascular disease in Native Americans
    • November 11, 2008

From 2006 to 2007, researchers at the MedStar Research Institute conducted an analysis of the relationship between kidney function and the risk of cardiovascular disease among Native Americans and created a software-based "risk calculator" to predict future vulnerability to cardiovascular disease.

Key Findings

  • Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR, a measure of kidney function) is a significant independent predictor of coronary heart disease among Native Americans.
  • Including eGFR as a risk factor can improve models designed to predict coronary heart disease.

Key Results

  • The project created a risk calculator that allows doctors treating Native Americans to project the likelihood that a patient will suffer cardiovascular disease in the future.