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Mammograms may help assess heart risk

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- A new study finds mammograms may help assess heart risk in women with advanced kidney disease.

Researchers at Emory university found 63 percent of women with end-stage kidney disease had mammograms showing calcium deposits in the breast arteries.

These calcifications were only present in 17 percent of women without kidney disease.

Calcium deposits in the arteries may contribute to the higher death rates from heart disease among patients with renal disease - but they can be difficult to detect.

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