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Author Interview: Dr. Chih-Yu Yang

Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Taipei Veterans
School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University

General Hospital, No. 201, Section 2, Shih-Pai Road, Taipei 11217, Taiwan

Publication:

Postdialysis blood pressure rise predicts long-term outcomes in chronic hemodialysis patients: a four-year prospective observational cohort study

Chih-Yu YangWu-Chang Yang and Yao-Ping Lin

BMC Nephrology 2012, 13:12 doi:10.1186/1471-2369-13-1

What are the main findings of the study?

We find that hemodialysis (HD) patients were at an increased risk for both
ischaemic and haemorrhagic stroke compared with the general population.

Were any of the findings unexpected?

Generally, the results of this study

What should clinicians and patients take away from this study?

While previous public health initiatives have focused primarily on controlling cardiac disease among dialysis patients, our findings provide evidence that HD patients should be monitored more carefully for stroke development.

What recommendations do you have for future studies as a result of your study?

Look for stroke development carefully; take effective and preventive intervention strategies.

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