Journal Article

Effects of lowering dialysate sodium on flow-mediated dilatation in patients with chronic kidney disease

Aysun Aybal Kutlugün, Yunus Erdem, Sercan Okutucu, Hikmet Yorgun, Enver Atalar and Mustafa Arici

in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation

Published on behalf of European Renal Association - European Dialysis and Transplant Assoc

Volume 26, issue 11, pages 3678-3682
Published in print November 2011 | ISSN: 0931-0509
Published online March 2011 | e-ISSN: 1460-2385 | DOI:
Effects of lowering dialysate sodium on flow-mediated dilatation in patients with chronic kidney disease

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Objective. This study examined the effects of low dialysate sodium on endothelial dysfunction (ED) as measured by flow-mediated dilatation (FMD) of brachial artery in haemodialysis (HD) patients.

Methods. Thirty HD patients (17 men; mean age: 48.4 ± 17.8 years) were studied. Subjects underwent two consecutive 6-week HD periods. Dialysate sodium was 143 mEq/L in the first period (standard Na HD) and 137 mEq/L in the second period (low Na HD). After each period, we performed FMD, echocardiographic evaluation and 24-h ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM). Interdialytic weight gain (IDWG), levels of pre- and post-dialysis blood pressure (BP), and dialysis-related symptoms were monitored during the study.

Results. Per cent FMD was significantly greater (P < 0.05) after low Na HD (9.3 ± 6.2) compared with standard Na HD (5.7 ± 6.2). IDWG was significantly lower during low Na HD (2.35 ± 0.86 kg versus 2.71 ± 0.89 kg; P < 0.001). BP control was improved during low Na HD, as assessed by ABPM (128.2/77.5 mmHg versus 132.4/80.8 mmHg). Dialysis-related symptoms were more frequent during low Na HD (P < 0.05). There was no change in left ventricular mass after reducing dialysate sodium.

Conclusions. Reducing dialysate sodium concentration reduced ED, and provided better control of IDWG and BP, but increased dialysis-related symptoms.

Keywords: endothelial dysfunction; flow-mediated dilatation; ambulatory blood pressure monitoring; dialysate sodium

Journal Article.  3492 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Nephrology

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