Hyponatremia Predicts New-Onset Cardiovascular Events in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients


BACKGROUND AND AIM Cardiovascular (CV) disease is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in patients on peritoneal dialysis (PD). Hyponatremia was recently shown to be a modifiable factor that is strongly associated with increased mortality in PD patients. However, the clinical impact of hyponatremia on CV outcomes in these patients is unclear. METHODS To determine whether a low serum sodium level predicts the development of CV disease, we carried out a prospective observational study of 441 incident patients who started PD between January 2000 and December 2005. Time-averaged serum sodium (TA-Na) levels were determined to investigate the ability of hyponatremia to predict newly developed CV events in these patients. RESULTS During a mean follow-up of 43.2 months, 106 (24.0%) patients developed new CV events. The cumulative incidence of new-onset CV events after the initiation of PD was significantly higher in patients with TA-Na levels ≤ 138 mEq/L than in those with a TA-Na > 138 mEq/L. After adjustment for multiple potentially confounding covariates, an increase in TA-Na level was found to be associated with a significantly lower risk of CV events (subdistribution hazard ratio per 1 mEq/L increase, 0.90; 95% confidence interval, 0.83-0.96; p = 0.003). Patients with a TA-Na ≤ 138 mEq/L had a 2.31-fold higher risk of suffering a CV event. CONCLUSIONS These results provide evidence of a clear association between low serum sodium and new-onset CV events after dialysis initiation in PD patients. Whether the correction of hyponatremia for this indication provides additional protection for the development of CV disease in these patients remains to be addressed in interventional studies.

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0129480

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@inproceedings{Kim2015HyponatremiaPN, title={Hyponatremia Predicts New-Onset Cardiovascular Events in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients}, author={Hyung W. Kim and Geun Woo Ryu and Cheol Ho Park and Ea Wha Kang and Jung Tak Park and Seung Hyeok Han and Tae Hyun Yoo and Sug Kyun Shin and Shin-Wook Kang and Kyu Hun Choi and Dae Suk Han and Tae Ik Chang and Abelardo I. Aguilera}, booktitle={PloS one}, year={2015} }