Kidney transplantation improves arterial stiffness in patients with end-stage renal disease

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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of mortality among the patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Arterial stiffness is a well-accepted predictor of cardiovascular mortality in general population and ESRD patients. The aim of this study was to compare the change of arterial stiffness in kidney transplant recipients (KTRs) and ESRD patients, and further investigate the impact of kidney transplantation (KT) on arterial stiffness.


A total of 138 maintenance hemodialysis patients, 198 KTRs and 75 healthy volunteers were enrolled in this study. The carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (CF-PWV) and carotid-radial PWV (CR-PWV) were determined, and the correlations of PWV with biochemical parameters were analyzed.


CF-PWV was highest in the maintenance hemodialysis patients, but similar between KTRs and healthy volunteers. Bivariate correlation analysis among KTRs demonstrated that CF-PWV was positively correlated with high level of peripheral diastolic blood pressure, pulse pressure, mean artery pressure, BUN and HDL, but negatively correlated with albumin. Univariate polytomous logistic regression analysis showed that age, BMI, systolic blood pressure, pulse pressure, length of KT and BUN were associated with the increase of CF-PWV value.


Aortic stiffness could be improved after KT. Meanwhile, age, BMI, systolic blood pressure, pulse pressure, length of KT and BUN were independent predictors of the increase of CF-PWV in KTRs.

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Cardiovascular diseases


End-stage renal disease


Kidney transplantation


Carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity


Carotid-radial pulse wave velocity


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Feng, S., Wang, H., Yang, J. et al. Kidney transplantation improves arterial stiffness in patients with end-stage renal disease. Int Urol Nephrol (2020) doi:10.1007/s11255-020-02376-3

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  • Aortic stiffness
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Kidney transplantation
  • Pulse wave velocity