CKD Video - ACE and ARB
Chronic kidney disease is a common, but serious condition that often goes undetected until the late stages. Caring for your kidneys is important for everyone. However, anyone with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease or family history of kidney disease is at greater risk of developing chronic kidney disease. Uncontrolled high blood pressure causes an increase of pressure in the blood vessels of the kidneys. These blood vessels cannot work properly causing damage to the kidneys. Left untreated, kidney disease can lead to kidney failure, dialysis or the need for a kidney transplant. Kidney disease can also increase the chances of having a heart attack or stroke. But there is something you and your doctor can do about it.
Talk with your doctor about whether special medicines called ACE inhibitors and ARB medicines might help you. ACE inhibitors are also called Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors. ARBs are also called Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers. They are medicines that can help protect your kidneys.
ACE and ARB medicines can prevent kidney disease from getting worse by lowering the pressure inside your kidneys. They also lower blood pressure in the rest of your body. ACE and ARB medicines are different than other blood pressure medicines. They are especially helpful to kidneys that let protein leak into the urine. Kidneys that leak protein into the urine are not working properly. People who take these medicines are less likely to have a heart attack or stroke. Taking these medicines also reduces your chance of needing dialysis or a kidney transplant.
On this website, you can learn more about chronic kidney disease and ACE and ARB medicines. You will see information that may help you when you talk to your doctor about your kidney health. If you want, click on “Questions for your doctor” and print out a copy for your next doctor's visit.
Your health is important. Protecting your kidneys with ACE or ARB medicines may stop chronic kidney disease from getting worse. Talk with your doctor to find out if ACE or ARB medicines can help you.
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