Today is World kidney day, where professionals are doing their best to raise awareness of how important our kidneys are and how conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes increase the risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD).Not only can high blood pressure cause CKD but kidney problems in people with heart disease increase mortality by around 60%.
If you are diagnosed with a heart problem, your thoughts are unlikely to go straight to your kidneys. Similarly, if you are have kidney disease you are unlikely to ask for your heart to be tested. But diseases that affect your kidney can cause damage to your heart, and heart problems can cause severe damage to your kidneys. So if you are diagnosed with either a heart or kidney problem it is worth getting the other checked out.
No Time Off For Your Kidneys
Many of our muscles take a break, when we relax, or sleep. But most organs don’t have a choice. Even when we are having a little rest, our heart has to continue to pump blood around the body, delivering oxygen for every second of every day for as long as you live. This means that your kidneys have to work constantly too, filtering the blood pushed around your body by your heart.
With every 75 heartbeats a minute, 108 thousand beats a day your heart pushes blood through your kidneys to be filtered. Your kidneys, around the size of your fist, process around 200 quarts of blood every single day. If your blood pressure is too low, or you don’t produce enough blood, your kidneys could fail. With too much blood, or too high blood pressure, the force of too much blood going through your kidneys can cause scarring which results in chronic kidney disease.
Kidneys and Blood Pressure
Your kidneys play an important role in controlling your blood pressure. If your blood pressure gets too low, your kidneys produce renin, which sends a message to your liver asking it to produce a hormone called angiotensin. This hormone instructs your blood vessels to constrict, making them narrower and increasing blood pressure.
This process, known as the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) affects your kidneys and your heart. If your RAS is too active kidney problems may arise, as cells to grow too slowly or too fast, causing your arteries to inflame or harden, or blood clots.
Many Americans suffer from high blood pressure and are at increased risk of permanent damage to their heart and kidneys.
Angeles Health is Mexico’s largest network of private hospitals. Boasting the latest medical equipment and world class specialists, we offer treatment for heart and kidney problems, including kidney transplantation and a range of cardiology procedures, such as angioplasty, pacemaker surgery and coronary artery bypass surgery.
For more information about how we can help you to protect your heart and your kidneys, and how we can treat you for heart and kidney disease, Contact us