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Kidney Disease & Hypertension

Surya Medical Group -  - Family Medicine

Surya Medical Group

Family Medicine & Geriatrics & Nephrology located in Kenosha, WI

Hypertension — high blood pressure — can be a side effect of kidney disease, although in some cases, having hypertension can cause kidney disease. Because high blood pressure has a dramatic impact on your kidney health, the highly skilled team at Surya Medical Group in Kenosha, Wisconsin, offer comprehensive care for proper treatment. If you have kidney disease and hypertension, call the office or schedule an appointment online for an evaluation.

Kidney Disease & Hypertension Q & A

Does hypertension cause kidney disease?

It can. Chronic kidney disease often stems from an underlying chronic condition, such as hypertension. When your blood pressure is consistently high for a long period of time, your blood vessels become damaged, which can affect blood circulation.

As a result, the specialized filtering components of your kidneys, called nephrons, don’t receive adequate nutrients or oxygen to function. Plus, the arteries around your kidneys gradually start to narrow, harden, or weaken, meaning your kidneys further can’t get the blood supply they need. This can lead to kidney disease. 

It’s also possible to develop hypertension because you have kidney disease (renal hypertension). In this case, you may have damaged or abnormally narrow arteries — possibly due to atherosclerosis — that limit blood supply to one or both kidneys. 

The decrease in blood flow forces your kidneys to act as though you’re dehydrated. So they wind up releasing hormones to retain electrolytes (like sodium) and water. This causes blood vessels to fill up with even more fluid, which increases your blood pressure. 

How do I know if my blood pressure is high if I have kidney disease?

The best way to know your blood pressure level is to check it since hypertension alone has no obvious symptoms. Your Surya Medical Group doctor typically checks your blood pressure during every exam. 

For optimal heart and kidney health, your blood pressure should be at or below 120/80 mmHg. A hypertension diagnosis often occurs when your blood pressure remains above 140/90 mmHg. 

But when you also have kidney disease, there are symptoms you may experience that let you know that your kidneys aren’t properly functioning. You may notice:

  • Increased or decreased urination
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Severe headaches
  • Muscle cramps

The nephrology experts at Surya Medical Group can help you manage kidney disease and hypertension, so you can restore your quality of life and improve your health. 

What is the treatment for kidney disease and hypertension?

Treating kidney disease and hypertension involves a combination of lifestyle changes, medical intervention, and possibly medications. Your dedicated physician at Surya Medical Group can counsel you on proper nutrition and exercise habits when you have these chronic conditions.

Depending on the severity of your kidney disease and hypertension, your physician may recommend:

  • Smoking cessation 
  • Personalized dialysis treatments 
  • Medications to eliminate excess fluid (diuretics)
  • Drugs to relax blood vessels and reduce blood pressure

Surya Medical Group providers are diligent about ensuring you receive the treatments you need to improve your kidney function, as well as blood pressure levels. 

You can conveniently schedule your kidney disease and hypertension evaluation at Surya Medical Group by calling the office or requesting an appointment online.