Post-transplant Cardiovascular Disease

  • Phuong-Anh T. Pham
  • Carmen Slavov
  • Phuong-Thu T. Pham
  • Alan H. Wilkinson


Renal transplantation is the treatment modality of choice for virtually all suitable candidates with end-stage renal disease. Compared to dialysis, kidney transplantation improves both patient survival and quality of life. Studies suggest that the survival advantage of transplantation may be largely attributed to the reduction in cardiovascular disease (CVD) associated with the improvement in renal function following a successful renal transplant. In a retrospective analysis of the United States Renal Data System consisting of more than 60,000 adult primary kidney transplant recipients transplanted between 1995 and 2000 and more than 66,000 adult wait-listed patients over the same time period, Meier-Kriesche et al. demonstrated a progressive decrease in cardiovascular death rates by renal transplant vintage for both diabetic and non-diabetic recipients of both living and deceased donor transplants.


Transplant Recipient Coronary Artery Calcification Chronic Kidney Disease Patient Renal Transplant Recipient Coronary Artery Calcification Score 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Phuong-Anh T. Pham
    • 1
  • Carmen Slavov
    • 2
  • Phuong-Thu T. Pham
    • 3
  • Alan H. Wilkinson
    • 3
  1. 1.Mercy General Hospital, Heart and Vascular Institute, Cardiovascular DiseasesSacramentoUSA
  2. 2.Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant ProgramDavid Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical CenterLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant ProgramDavid Geffen School of Medicine at UCLALos AngelesUSA

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