Article

Prerenal azotemia in congestive heart failure.

University of California San Diego, San Diego, Calif., USA.
Contributions to nephrology (Impact Factor: 1.49). 01/2010; 164:79-87. DOI: 10.1159/000313723
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT Prerenal failure is used to designate a reversible form of acute renal dysfunction. However, the terminology encompasses different conditions that vary considerably. The Acute Kidney Injury Network group has recently standardized the acute kidney injury (AKI) definition and classification system; however, these criteria have not determined specific diagnostic criteria to classify prerenal conditions. The difference in the pathophysiology and manifestations of prerenal failure suggests that our current approach needs to be revaluated. Several mechanisms are recognized as contributory to development of a prerenal state associated with cardiac failure. Because of the broad differences in patients' reserve capacity and functional status, prerenal states may be triggered at different time points during the course of the disease. Prerenal state needs to be classified depending on the underlying capacity for compensation, the nature, timing of the insult and the adaptation to chronic comorbidities. Current diagnosis of prerenal conditions is relatively insensitive and would benefit from additional research to define and classify the condition. Identification of high-risk states and high-risk processes associated with the use of new biomarkers for AKI will provide new tools to distinguish between the prerenal and established AKI. Achieving a consensus definition for prerenal syndrome will allow physicians to describe treatments and interventions as well as conduct and compare epidemiological studies in order to better describe the implications of this syndrome.

3 Bookmarks
 · 
632 Views
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: INTRODUCTION: Fluid overload is a clinical problem frequently related to cardiac and renal dysfunction. The aim of this study was to evaluate fluid overload and changes in serum creatinine as predictors of cardiovascular mortality and morbidity after cardiac surgery. METHODS: Patients submitted to heart surgery were prospectively enrolled in this study from September 2010 through August 2011. Clinical and laboratory data were collected from each patient at preoperative and trans-operative moments and fluid overload and creatinine levels were recorded daily after cardiac surgery during their ICU stay. Fluid overload was calculated according to the following formula: (Sum of daily fluid received (L) - total amount of fluid eliminated (L)/preoperative weight (kg) × 100). Preoperative demographic and risk indicators, intra-operative parameters and postoperative information were obtained from medical records. Patients were monitored from surgery until death or discharge from the ICU. We also evaluated the survival status at discharge from the ICU and the length of ICU stay (days) of each patient. RESULTS: A total of 502 patients were enrolled in this study. Both fluid overload and changes in serum creatinine correlated with mortality (odds ratio (OR) 1.59; confidence interval (CI): 95% 1.18 to 2.14, P = 0.002 and OR 2.91; CI: 95% 1.92 to 4.40, P <0.001, respectively). Fluid overload played a more important role in the length of intensive care stay than changes in serum creatinine. Fluid overload (%): b coefficient = 0.17; beta coefficient = 0.55, P <0.001); change in creatinine (mg/dL): b coefficient = 0.01; beta coefficient = 0.11, P = 0.003). CONCLUSIONS: Although both fluid overload and changes in serum creatinine are prognostic markers after cardiac surgery, it seems that progressive fluid overload may be an earlier and more sensitive marker of renal dysfunction affecting heart function and, as such, it would allow earlier intervention and more effective control in post cardiac surgery patients.
    Critical care (London, England) 05/2012; 16(3):R99. · 4.72 Impact Factor
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Renal neurohormonal activation leading to a reduction in glomerular filtration rate (GFR) has been suggested as a mechanism for renal insufficiency (RI) in the setting of heart failure. We hypothesized that RI occurring in the presence of renal neurohormonal activation may be prognostically more important than RI in the absence of renal neurohormonal activation. Subjects in the Evaluation Study of Congestive Heart Failure and Pulmonary Artery Catheterization Effectiveness (ESCAPE) trial (n = 429), Beta-Blocker Evaluation of Survival Trial (BEST) (n = 2691), and Studies Of Left Ventricular Dysfunction (SOLVD) trial (n = 6782) limited datasets were studied. The blood urea nitrogen to creatinine ratio (BUN/Creatinine) was employed as a surrogate for renal neurohormonal activation and the primary outcome was the interaction between BUN/Creatinine and RI associated mortality. Baseline RI (GFR < 60 mL/min/1.73 m&sup2;) was associated with mortality in all study populations (P < 0.001). In patients with higher BUN/Creatinine, the risk of mortality was consistently greater in patients with RI [adjusted hazard ratio (HR) ESCAPE = 2.8, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.3-14.3, P = 0.019; BEST = 1.6, 95% CI 1.2-2.2, P = 0.002; SOLVD = 1.6, 95% CI 1.3-2.0, P = 0.001]. However, in patients with lower BUN/Creatinine, the risk of mortality was not elevated in patients with RI (adjusted HR ESCAPE = 0.94, 95% CI 0.35-2.4, P = 0.90, P interaction = 0.005; BEST = 0.97, 95% CI 0.64-1.4, P = 0.90, P interaction = 0.02; SOLVD = 1.0, 95% CI 0.8-1.3, P = 0.71, P interaction = 0.005). The association between RI and poor survival observed in heart failure populations appears to be contingent not simply on the presence of a reduced GFR, but possibly on the mechanism by which GFR is reduced.
    European Journal of Heart Failure 09/2011; 13(11):1224-30. · 5.25 Impact Factor
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: The pathophysiological interactions that link the heart and kidney in heart failure are multiple and complex. This issue constitutes one of the most vexing and difficult challenges facing cardiologists. In the setting of acute decompensated heart failure, worsening renal function has traditionally been directly associated with poor clinical prognosis and complicates treatment. In the last years, many reports suggest that worsening renal failure may represent the final common pathway of several mechanistically distinct processes, with different prognostic implications. In the clinical scenario, the clinical significance of transient worsening of renal function may be different as compared with irreversible or progressive renal failure. In addition, it can represent a relatively normal response to treatment-induced physiological derangements such as a reduction in renal perfusion and/or intravascular volume. We here focus on these highlights, with special reference to the diagnostic criteria of renal dysfunction and the management of fluid overload. Two expert nephrologists were asked to answer a few important clinical questions: how should renal dysfunction be recognized and monitored? Are there therapies to counteract it and when, and more importantly, for whom should be applied? Their answers serve as touchstones for cardiologists to provide better individualized care for their patients with acute heart failure. Only a multidisciplinary and collaborative management of cardio-renal interactions will help to mitigate the difficult day-to-day clinical practice and improve our understanding of this condition through a concerted and constructive approach.
    Giornale italiano di cardiologia (2006) 04/2012; 13(4):281-90.

Full-text (2 Sources)

View
376 Downloads
Available from
May 30, 2014