If you're female and suffer from kidney stones, you'd better keep a good eye on your heart health.
An analysis of data from three studies involving more than 242,105 participants found a history of kidney stones was associated with a statistically significant increased risk of coronary heart disease among women. Men, however, showed no association.
The study, published in July in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at 45,748 men and 196,357 women in the United States without a history of coronary heart disease. Of the total participants, 19,678 reported a history of kidney stones. After up to 24 years of follow-up in men and 18 years in women, 16,838 cases of coronary heart disease occurred.
Dr. Ryan McDonald, a doctor of nephrology and internal medicine in Layton, said the study brings up some interesting questions.