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Announcements: World Kidney Day --- March 10, 2011

March 10 is World Kidney Day, an event intended to raise awareness about the importance of kidney disease prevention and early detection. Kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the United States (1); moreover, persons with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease (CVD) than develop end-stage renal disease (ESRD) (2). Among persons with ESRD requiring hemodialysis, the leading causes of hospitalization and death are CVD and infection (3,4).

This year, World Kidney Day focuses on the link between CKD and CVD (with the theme of Protect Your Kidneys, Save Your Heart), given that CKD and diabetes are major risk factors for CVD (2). Controlling blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol can prevent or delay CKD and CVD and improve health outcomes (2). CDC is establishing a national surveillance system to monitor the burden of CKD in the United States. Additional information is available at


  1. Miniño AM, Xu JQ, Kochanek KD. Deaths: preliminary data for 2008. Nat Vital Stat Rep 2010;59(2).
  2. CDC. National chronic kidney disease fact sheet 2010. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2010. Available at Accessed February 22, 2011.
  3. US Renal Data System. Annual data report. Bethesda, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health; 2010. Available at Accessed February 22, 2011.
  4. CDC. Vital Signs: Central line--associated blood stream infections---United States, 2001, 2008, and 2009. MMWR 2011;60:243--8.

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