Florjan Mehmeti

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Secondary hyperparathyroidism is a systemic disorder that associates with bone and cardiovascular disease, including arterial calcification. Treatment with calcitriol, the active form of vitamin D, reduces parathyroid hormone levels, but may result in elevations in serum calcium and phosphorus, increasing the risk of vascular calcification in dialysis(More)
BACKGROUND The very high cardiovascular (CV) mortality and morbidity rates in hemodialysis (HD) patients are greatly related to atherosclerosis. CCN2 (connective tissue growth factor/CTGF) is a profibrotic factor that is secreted by endothelial cells, involved in atherogenesis, promoting fibroblast proliferation and matrix production. CCN2 protein is(More)
Abnormalities of bone mineral parameters (calcium, phosphate, vitamin D, and parathyroid hormone) are nearly always present in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). These typically consist of hypocalcemia, hyperphosphatemia, abnormalities of vitamin D metabolism, and secondary hyperparathyroidism, and are now defined as CKD mineral bone disorders(More)
Epidemiological and observational data indicate that there is a close relationship between progressive renal dysfunction in chronic kidney disease (CKD), cardiovascular disease, and mortality. In addition, deficits in vitamin D (25-hydroxyvitamin D) and vitamin D receptor (VDR) activation play a crucial role in adversely affecting cardiovascular health in(More)
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