Can short daily HD treat hypertension on dialysis?
Ah, cherish the rare RCT in dialysis. In this study, a group of standard HD patients with high blood pressure were switched to short daily HD to see if it could reduce their BP (and if so, how). Bioimpedance was used to check extracellular fluid volume (ECFV). Inflammation and oxidative stress were also measured. After 3 months, BPs were similar between the two groups—but the short daily HD patients needed significantly fewer BP medications. The reason for the difference is still a mystery.
Read the abstract » | (added 06/05/2014)