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Protect Your Kidneys, Save Your Heart

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The Kidney-Heart ConnectionPeople are well aware of how vital organs interact to fulfill important functions, but the heart and kidneys work closely together that if one fails, the other will shortly follow suit. There is substantial evidence showing how these two organs interact and respond to complications, such as high blood pressure and blood congestion.

The Heart-Kidney Link

The main function of the heart is to pump oxygenated blood around the body, while the kidney filters blood and helps control blood pressure. Blood congestion in the heart causes congestion of blood in the kidneys too.

When doctors screen patients with heart disease, they would also check the blood for high levels of creatinine, a waste product secreted by the kidneys, which suggests impairment. Usually, people who have chronic kidney failure eventually suffer from complications in the heart.

Diabetes is also common among people with poor heart and kidney function. Hypertension tends to worsen diabetes, and when managed poorly, can lead to catastrophic effects. Poorly functioning heart and kidneys make it much harder for the body to produce insulin that keeps the levels of glucose in the blood stable.

Dialysis treatment is the best way to prevent salts and waste products from accumulating in the blood and poisoning the body, while cardiac rehabilitation, medical and surgical procedures, and medications reduce the risk of blood clots and plaque to buildup in the heart.

But it’s not always the same case for all patients. People on dialysis or diabetes treatment can keep their heart and blood vessels healthy, and people with heart problems can keep their kidneys healthy. But, it will take great effort and commitment.

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Tips for Maintaining Heart and Kidney Health

  1. Maintain a healthy weight
  2. Stop smoking
  3. Exercise regularly
  4. Follow a heart-healthy diet
  5. Keep your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol under control
  6. Reduce stress

People with kidney problems and diabetes, or have a family history of high blood pressure, have a higher risk of developing heart complications, a major lifestyle change is required. Intermountain LDS Hospital asserts that it’s best to join support groups as the programs are designed to keep patients on track with their treatment and recovery.

Making all these lifestyle changes can be quite challenging, so it’s important to have a strong support system. Congestive heart failure and renal failure can be prevented early if the risks are reduced, and lifestyle changes are made early, even for high-risk people.