High blood pressure (hypertension) is one of the leading causes of kidney disease. If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure, it’s important to follow your doctor’s recommendations for lowering blood pressure and take all medications exactly as prescribed to help protect your health and your kidneys.
What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?
Often there are no symptoms or warning signs, even with very high blood pressure, and the potential complications are extremely serious. Risks of high blood pressure include heart attack and stroke, as well as kidney disease.
Kidneys use blood vessels to clean your blood of wastes, toxins and excess fluid. High blood pressure means that high pressure is consistently being exerted against the walls of arteries throughout the body, which can damage blood vessels over time.
Damage to blood vessels, including the hardening and narrowing of arteries around the kidneys, can prevent your kidneys from cleaning blood – eventually leading to kidney disease.
Kidney disease or kidney failure due to high blood pressure may take years to develop. If you are diagnosed with kidney disease, it’s important to know that there are things you can do to manage kidney disease.
How to reduce high blood pressure
Lowering blood pressure is important to your overall health. Your doctor can create a treatment plan to help you take control of your blood pressure. Here are some steps to discuss:
If you have questions about diabetic kidney disease, ask your doctor or nurse.