High blood pressure is a serious medical issue that often presents no symptoms until the damage is done, which is a problem because it’s also very common, affecting nearly 75 million adults in the United States. At San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group in San Antonio, the team of nationally recognized nephrologists offer comprehensive monitoring and treatment of high blood pressure to prevent kidney damage and improve your overall health. To learn more about controlling high blood pressure, schedule a consultation by phone today.
The kidneys are responsible for filtering excess fluid and waste from your blood. To do their job, they depend on healthy blood vessels. When high blood pressure damages these vessels, the nephrons that filter waste don’t get the nutrients or oxygen they need to function properly.
As a result, your kidneys can become permanently damaged. Untreated high blood pressure can eventually lead to kidney failure, and high blood pressure is the second leading cause of chronic kidney disease.
Additionally, healthy kidneys produce a hormone necessary for controlling blood pressure. When kidneys are failing, they can’t produce this hormone, resulting in a continuous cycle of medical distress.
Your physician at San Antonio Kidney Disease Center can determine the best course of treatment based on the severity of your blood pressure levels.
Initially, you may need to make lifestyle changes to control your blood pressure. These changes include:
If these changes alone aren’t effective in controlling your blood pressure, your physician may recommend medications and routine blood pressure monitoring.
If you’re dealing with high blood pressure, you may already be at increased risk for kidney damage. In the early stages of kidney damage, you may not have any symptoms.
As the damage progresses, you may experience swelling in your ankles, legs, and feet because your body can’t get rid of excess fluid.
As your kidneys decline further, you may experience symptoms such as:
If you show signs of kidney disease, your provider may perform blood or urine tests to confirm problems with your kidney function. They may also suggest a kidney function test to determine the level of kidney damage you have.
You may need additional treatment if you have kidney disease as the result of high blood pressure. Treatment for kidney disease might include daily medications, and if your kidneys fail you could need daily dialysis and eventually a kidney transplant.
To learn more about controlling your blood pressure and protecting your kidneys, book a consultation by calling San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group.