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Researchers linked New York State’s meteorological history with data from more than 1.1 million emergency room visits between 2005 and 2013 and found that hot days resulted in more emergency room visits for kidney-related problems, such as acute kidney damage, kidney stones and urinary tract infections. impact

Given the increased frequency and intensity of extreme heat exposure due to climate change and the increasing prevalence of kidney disease worldwide, researchers have examined their relationship to each other. They examined the association between exposure to extreme temperatures and kidney disease-related emergency department visits by season and disease subtype in New York State.

In their article published in American Journal of Kidney Diseases (AJKD)extreme heat exposure was significantly associated with an increased risk of emergency room visits for various types of kidney disease (primarily acute kidney injury, kidney stones, and urinary tract infections). In addition, the impact of extreme heat lasted a week and was stronger in the transition months of May and September than in the summer months of June, July and August.

Prolonged exposure to high temperature and humidity increases the risk of acute kidney injury

Additional information:
Yanji Qu et al., Associations between exposure to extreme environmental temperatures and emergency department visits associated with kidney disease, American Journal of Kidney Diseases (2022). DOI: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2022.09.005

Courtesy of the National Kidney Foundation

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