Patients with CKD Secondary to Glomerular Disorders have Lower Arterial Stiffness, as Compared to Hypertensive and Diabetic CKD

Ori Lencovsky, Avital Angel-Korman, Erick Glasswine, Rotem Tal-Ben Ishay, Mor Amital, Olga Kukuy, Adi Leiba

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    Background: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) manifested as reduced GFR and/or albuminuria, has been known to accelerate arterial stiffness and early vascular aging (EVA). Diabetes, hypertension, and glomerular disorders are the leading causes of CKD and renal failure. The question which etiology contributes more to this vascular phenomenon-hypertensive and diabetic CKD or CKD secondary to immune-mediated glomerulonephritis—remained unclear. Objective: To compare pulse wave velocity (PWV), a marker of arterial stiffness, between CKD patients of different etiologies: hypertensive and diabetic nephrosclerosis. vs. CKD secondary to glomerular disorders. Methods: Clinical data were collected on 56 patients followed at the Nephrology and Hypertension Institute in Samson Assuta Ashdod University Hospital. All patients had at least one visit at our Nephrology clinics prior to recruitment. All patients with a glomerular disorder had a clinical-pathological diagnosis based on a recent kidney biopsy. Pulse wave velocity (PWV) was measured using a validated Sphygmocor XCEL® device. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to compare PWV between hypertensive/diabetic CKD and CKD secondary to glomerular disorders. Results: PWV was significantly higher in the hypertensive/diabetic CKD group, compared to the CKD-GN group, with an average of. 12.2 m/s vs 8.3 m/s, respectively (p < 0.001). In a multivariate linear regression model, having CKD secondary to glomerulonephritis was associated with a significantly lower PWV (B = − 3.262, p < 0.001), compared with CKD secondary to hypertension and diabetes, with adjustment of age, creatinine, and comorbidities. Conclusion: CKD Patients secondary to glomerulonephritis, have lower PWV when compared to CKD patients with diabetes and/or hypertension, even after adjusting for age, renal function, and the presence of comorbidities. It is intriguing to further study the possible protective role of immunosuppression on the arterial properties of CKD patients.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)73-78
    Number of pages6
    JournalArtery Research
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - 1 Sep 2023


    • Aortic stiffness
    • CKD
    • Glomerulonephritis
    • Inflammation
    • Pulse wave velocity

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Anatomy
    • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Physiology (medical)


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