RECONNECT stands for Renal Connection, and is a multidisciplinary scientific consortium that aims to advance medical research of heart failure in relation to impaired kidney function. Five large academic centers in the Netherlands are involved, and consortium members include nephrologists, cardiologists and leading scientists in the field of heart failure, vascular biology and chronic kidney disease.
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The reno-cardiac connection

Heart failure (HF) is a major health care problem associated with high morbidity and mortality. Nearly one half of the patients with heart failure show a decline in function during the diastole caused by the stiffening of the heart chamber: This is known as diastolic heart failure or heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF).

Recent research findings from our consortium (PREVEND study) show that impaired kidney function is a strong risk factor for HFpEF: Patients with renal complications are more susceptible to develop HFpEF and more likely to die of HFpEF associated complications. Impaired renal function and chronic kidney disease (CKD) are also increasingly acknowledged as a global health burden with a significant impact on the onset and progression of heart failure.



#CVON_Reconnect Review paper selected as #hotpaper 2015 by European Journal of Heart Failure - http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi?DOI=10.1002%2Fejhf.497#.V4jAPmTDz3c.twitter

Excess salt may raise heart disease risk in kidney patients, study suggests #CVON_RECONNECT http://www.foodnavigator.com/Science/Excess-salt-may-raise-heart-disease-risk-in-kidney-patients-study-suggests?utm_source=AddThis_twitter&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=SocialMedia#.V3Jx7jx_CUA.twitter via @FoodNavigator

Mathematical simulation of open-heart surgery lends clues to kidney failure #CVON_RECONNECT https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160608095542.htm#.V3JxkTgHlbk.twitter

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