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International Journal of Hypertension
Volume 2012, Article ID 951734, 8 pages
Clinical Study

Prevalence of Hypertension and Diabetes and Coexistence of Chronic Kidney Disease and Cardiovascular Risk in the Population of the Republic of Moldova

1Republican Clinic Hospital, Chisinau, Moldova
2Municipal Council Health Department, Chisinau, Moldova
3Clinical Research Center for Rare Diseases “Aldo e Cele Daccò” and Centro Anna Maria Astori, Science and Technology Park Kilometro Rosso, Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research, 24126 Bergamo, Italy
4The John Walls Renal Unit, Leicester General Hospital, Leicester LE5 4PW, UK

Received 17 September 2012; Accepted 24 October 2012

Academic Editor: Yackoob Kassim Seedat

Copyright © 2012 Igor Codreanu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In 2005, the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) established the Global Outreach Program (GO) aimed at building a capacity for detecting and managing chronic kidney disease and its complications in low- and middle-income countries. Here we report data from the 2006-2007 screening program (1025 subjects from the general population) in the Republic of Moldova aimed to determine the prevalence of hypertension, diabetes, and their coexistence with microalbuminuria. The likelihood of a serious cardiovascular (CV) event was also estimated. Hypertension and diabetes were very common among screened subjects. The prevalence of microalbuminuria was 16.9% and that of estimated GFR <60 ml/min/1.73 m2 (decreased renal function) was 9.4%. Male gender was associated with an increased prevalence of hypertension and microalbuminuria. Hypertension and diabetes clustered in subjects with microalbuminuria and renal dysfunction. Risk factors such as preobesity/obesity, physical inactivity and smoking were relatively common, even in younger participants. The prevalence of subjects with predicted 10-year CV risk 10% was 10.0%. In conclusion, in the Republic of Moldova patients with hypertension and diabetes should be screened for the coexistence of renal abnormalities, with the intention of developing disease-specific health-care interventions with the primary goal to reduce CV morbidity and mortality and prevent renal disease progression to end stage renal disease.