CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE
Oakwood Kidney Institute
Heart Disease in Kidney Disease
Patients with kidney disease are particularly prone for heart disease and is the most frequent cause of death in these patients. For a variety of reasons such as hypertension, uremic toxins, fluid retention, cholesterol as well as the underlying cause of kidney disease (diabetes and hypertension), patients are more susceptible than the normal population to develop angina, heart attacks, gangrene (peripheral vascular disease) and strokes.
Preventative measures such as stopping smoking, cholesterol lowering agents, controlling diabetes and blood pressure, controlling phosphorous, treating anemia, controlling fluid intake, and getting adequate dialysis may help reduce the risks and decrease the cardiovascular complications.
Regular follow-up with the your family doctor, nephrologist, cardiologist, diabetic specialist and following dietary instructions are very essential in preventing these complications.
Your heart beats 100,000 times a day, pushing blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels. These blood vessels feed vital organs, your heart, brain, eyes and kidneys!!