Snoring May Signal Risk in Patients on Dialysis

ISTANBUL, Turkey — Patients with stage 5D kidney disease and heart failure who snore are at increased risk for death compared with those who don't snore, according to a new study.

"We wanted to understand whether snoring — sleep-disordered breathing — is in some way related to cardiovascular and all-cause mortality," Claudia Torino, PhD, lead researcher from the National Research Council in Reggio Calabria, Italy, told Medscape Medical News.

Snoring affects about 60% of patients with chronic kidney disease, Dr. Torino explained. But whether snoring influences heart failure mortality has not been explored. Because snoring has been attributed, in part, to reversible pharyngeal edema secondary to volume expansion in heart failure patients, this would be valuable information to have.

Dr. Torino presented the study results here at the European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplant Association 50th Congress.

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