People with a history of kidney stones may be at a higher risk for stroke and heart attack, according to a new study from University of Alberta researchers.
The findings, reported by Medical Xpress
, indicate women
may be especially at risk.
The study, published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology by Todd Alexander, analyzed information from more than three million Canadian patients over the age of 18 over a 12-year period. Alexander compared the rate of heart attacks, stoke, and artery bypass surgeries in patients who had a kidney stone with the general population.
The results showed that patients who had at least one kidney stone were significantly more likely to experience heart attack, stroke, or artery bypass surgeries, regardless of age or other illness.
Women with a history of kidney stones were three times more likely to experience a heart-related complication.
"We were able to show that people who had kidney stones were more likely to get acute myocardial infarction [heart attacks], strokes and revascularization procedures," Alexander said.
"We call hypertension the silent killer. You're not aware you're hypertensive. Kidney stones are different; you're very aware you have a kidney stone. This is potentially a mechanism for one to be identified earlier for screening."