Yes. A research states that “more than half the people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have high blood pressure. High blood pressure increases the chance that kidney disease will get worse. In addition, high blood pressure makes you more likely to develop heart disease”.
Blood pressure and CKD are related in two ways. High blood pressure is a leading cause of CKD. Over time, high blood pressure can damage blood vessels throughout your body. This can reduce the blood supply to essential organs like the kidneys. High blood pressure also damages the tiny filtering units in your kidneys. As a result, the kidneys may stop removing wastes and extra fluid from your blood. The extra fluid in your blood vessels may build up and raise blood pressure even more.
High blood pressure can also be a complication of CKD. Your kidneys play a key role in keeping your blood pressure in a healthy range. Diseased kidneys are less able to help regulate blood pressure. As a result, blood pressure increases. If you have CKD, high blood pressure makes it more likely that your kidney disease will get worse, and you will have heart problems. Following your treatment plan and keeping your blood pressure in control can help keep your kidney disease from getting worse and prevent heart disease.
If kidney disease is caught early, it can often be reversed by treating the cause, such as high blood pressure. Once kidney disease reaches a more advanced stage, the damage cannot be reversed. Similarly, if you already have kidney disease, you may be able to slow down the damage to your kidneys by controlling your blood pressure.
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