Chances are that if you are at risk for being diagnosed with kidney disease, you may also struggle with managing your hypertension. If that is the case, have any of these questions come to mind for you?
- What is hypertension?
- What causes hypertension?
- Can high blood pressure lead to kidney disease?
- What are other health risks associated with high blood pressure?
Hypertension, or High Blood Pressure (HBP) is a medical condition, which if left untreated, increases the risk of your blood vessel walls becoming overstretched and injured, thereby increasing the chances of you having a heart attack or stroke, and of developing heart failure, kidney failure or the narrowing of vessels that carry blood to your legs, arms, stomach or kidneys.
The leading causes of hypertension are obesity, drinking too much alcohol, smoking, family history, and generally unhealthy lifestyles. High blood pressure is a medical condition that is often misunderstood. Some people think that those with hypertension are tense, nervous or hyperactive, but hypertension has nothing to do with personality traits. In fact, you can be a calm, relaxed person and still have HBP.
Hypertension is the second leading cause of kidney failure. HBP causes damage to arteries, which kidneys are filled with. These damaged arteries prevent the kidneys from filtering blood and regulating blood pressure. As more arteries stop functioning, the kidneys eventually fail. With your help our CKS team of medical professionals are specially trained to help you manage and minimize the risks associated with high blood pressure.