Graft loss and acute coronary syndromes after renal transplantation in the United States

Kevin C. Abbott*, Jay R. Bucci, David Cruess, Allen J. Taylor, Lawrence Y.C. Agodoa

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The impact of graft loss on acute coronary syndromes (ACS) after renal transplantation has not been studied in a national population. It was hypothesized that ACS might be more frequent after graft loss, as many of the benefits of a functioning allograft on metabolism and volume regulation would be lost. Data from the 2000 United States Renal Data System (USRDS) was used to conduct an historical cohort study of ACS in 14,237 patients who received renal transplants between April 1, 1995, and June 30, 1998, (followed until April 28, 2000) with valid information from CMS Form 2728, excluding patients with hospitalized ACS before renal transplant. Cox nonproportional regression models were used to calculate the time-dependent adjusted hazard ratio (AHR) of graft loss (censored for death) for time-to-first hospitalization for ACS (International Classification of Diseases 9th Modification Diagnosis Codes [ICD9] code 410.x or 411.x) occurring after transplant. The incidence of ACS was 12.1 per 1000 patient-years (PY) in patients after graft loss versus 6.5 per 1000 PY after transplantation (excluding patients with graft loss). As a time-dependent variable, graft loss had an AHR of 2.54 (95% confidence interval, 1.09 to 5.96; P = 0.031 by Cox regression). Other risk factors associated with ACS included diabetes, older recipient, and male recipient. Allograft rejection was NS. Renal transplant recipients share some of the risk factors for ACS with the general population. In addition, graft loss was identified as a unique risk factor for ACS in this population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2560-2569
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American Society of Nephrology
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2002
Externally publishedYes


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