Cardiovascular Screening and Early Detection of Heart Disease in Adults With Chronic Kidney Disease

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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) are among the most common disease states that nurse practitioners encounter in various health care settings. In many cases, patients with CVD and CKD have overlapping risk factors and underlying medical conditions. CVD is one of the most common causes of death in patients with CKD, and therefore, appropriate recognition and screening are important for preventing disease progression and complications. Nurse practitioners can become familiar with various risk factors, screen patients, and provide nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic measures for CVD in CKD patients.