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 can damage the kidneys by increasing the pressure inside the blood vessels of your 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 a new blood pressure medicine will help you. There are different types of blood pressure medicines. Some different types of blood pressure medicines are Thiazides, Calcium Channel Blockers, Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors, Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers, and Beta Blockers. You may already be taking one or more of these kinds of medicines.
Blood pressure medicines can work in different ways in the body. The goal of them all is to reduce high blood pressure to a healthy level that is right for you. Some people can control their high blood pressure with lifestyle changes. These lifestyle changes can include healthy eating, being physically active, and maintaining a healthy body weight. When blood pressure cannot be controlled by lifestyle changes a doctor may prescribe medicines. Many people need more than one type of blood pressure medicine to control their blood pressure.
On this website, you can learn more about chronic kidney disease and high blood pressure 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 high blood pressure medicines may stop chronic kidney disease from getting worse. Talk with your doctor to find out if new high blood pressure medicines can help you.
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