Current Cardiology Reports

, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 296-300

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Acute coronary syndromes in patients with renal disease: What are the issues?

  • Carmelo J. Panetta
  • , Charles A. Herzog
  • , Timothy D. HenryAffiliated withMinneapolis Heart Institute Foundation Email author 

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Patients with chronic kidney disease and acute coronary syndromes are at high risk for both bleeding and ischemic events. This risk increases with the severity of renal insufficiency. Management for acute coronary syndromes in the setting of kidney disease is a paradox; as the benefit of current treatment is high, so is the risk for complications. Patients with chronic renal disease are frequently excluded from randomized clinical trials, and therefore, the optimal treatment strategies are often speculative in this high-risk patient population. Additional research is needed to further refine the optimal management of patients with chronic kidney disease in the setting of acute coronary syndromes.