The Effect of Nocturnal Haemodialysis on Arterial Stiffness
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Arterial stiffness refers to the accumulation of extracellular deposits of matrix and calcium which reduce blood vessel compliance. Although there is growing evidence that increased arterial stiffness is associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD), its pathogenesis is unclear. Pulse wave velocity (PWV) and augmentation index (AIx) provide tools for estimating arterial stiffness, and therefore predicting cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The aims of the study are: (1) compare the effects of nocturnal and conventional haemodialysis on arterial stiffness, and (2) examine the relationship between arterial stiffness and clinical and biochemical parameters.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years to 80 Years (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
All participants are adult patients who are receiving maintenance dialysis at the North West Dialysis Service. Consecutive patients enrolled in the Nocturnal Haemodialysis program are invited to participate in the study
adult dialysis patients
able to perform home nocturnal haemodialysis
age < 18 and > 80 years
any patient who is anticipating a live renal transplantation in forthcoming 12 months