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Increasing BUN related to Heart failure?

Posted by Suzanne on May 19, 1999 at 12:18:03
Hi, my 78 year old grandmother has had several heart attacks
in the past year and been hospitalized for CHF with an estimated
ejection fraction of 15-20%.  Currently she
is stable, however her recent blood work has come back with abnormal
BUN(48).  Is this due to her heart problems or is it indicative
of a new problem?  thanks very much for any information.  Suzanne

Posted by bob on May 19, 1999 at 18:34:43
An increased BUN is sometimes related to CHF.

Posted by CCF CARDIO MD - DLB on May 20, 1999 at 14:17:47
Dear Bob
Yes, sometimes the elevated BUN is due to heart failure or medications used to treat heart failure. However, there are numerous other causes.
I hope this has been useful. I wish you the best of luck. Feel free to write back.
Information provided here is for general purposes only. Specific questions should be addressed to your own doctor. If you would like to make an appointment at the Cleveland Clinic Heart Center, please call 1-800-CCF-CARE or inquire online by using the Heart Center website at www.ccf.org/heartcenter. The Heart Center website contains a directory of the cardiology staff that can be used to select the physician best suited to address your cardiac problem.

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