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Can High Blood Pressure Cause Kidney Failure

2013-08-21 14:31

Can high blood pressure cause kidney failure? Certainly, it can cause kidney failure. High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure. In the United States, high blood pressure causes more than 25,000 new cases of kidney failure every year.

High blood pressure is a chronic medical condition that the blood pressure in the arteries is elevated. High blood pressure makes kidneys work harder and damages blood vessels in the kidneys. If the kidneys are damaged, they can not discharge wastes and water from the body. Then the extra fluid in the blood vessels may raise blood pressure. Kidney failure and high blood pressure worsen each other and make patients fall into a vicious circle.

Generally, patients with high blood pressure have no symptoms. When the high blood pressure is severe, patients may have the symptoms such as:

* headache

* dizziness

* nausea or vomiting

* palpitation and short breath

* insomnia

* nosebleed

If patients feel uncomfortable as above symptoms, they need to go to a doctor and measure their blood pressure.

How to prevent kidney failure with high blood pressure?


keeping a healthy lifestyle is an effective way to prevent and control high blood pressure. First, choose foods lower in salt and sodium. Second, maintain a healthy weight by doing some exercises. Third, limit the intake of alcohol and quit smoking. Etc.


A healthy lifestyle helps to prevent and control high blood pressure. However, if you have been diagnosed with kidney failure, you need to eat some medicine to reduce your high blood pressure immediately. In medicine, there are some hypotensive drugs, such as Diuretics, ACE inhibitors, Angiotensin Receptor Blocker (ARB), Vasodilators and so on. These medicines are helpful, but please remember to talk with doctors in advance, so as to avoid unnecessary problems.

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