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Some studies show that high blood pressure has a close relationship with PKD. Hypertension is the common cause of kidney damage. At the same time, it is also a common symptom for patients with kidney damage. Well then, how serious is high blood pressure for PKD patients?
What is PKD?
PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) is a genetic disorder characterized with by the growth of multiple cysts in the kidneys. And the cystic fluid are mostly belong to initial urine. In the early stage, they are usually asymptomatic. As times goes by, they will increase both in sizes and quantities. Eventually, the enlarged cysts will cause great pressure to the kidney structures and affect renal function.
How does hypertension occur in PKD Patients?
As we all know, healthy kidneys are important filtering organs and one of important functions is responsible to regulate blood pressure. When kidneys are damaged by the enlarged cysts, the declined renal function can’t maintain the kidneys’ normal work. Thereby, blood pressure increases. In addition, the damaged kidneys fail to remove the waste products and excessive fluids in your blood, which adversely makes the blood pressure elevated even more.
How serious is high blood pressure for PKD patients?
It is a common sense that the normal blood pressure in adults less than 120/80. Usually, once your blood pressure is at 140/90 or higher, which may increase the risk to develop hypertension over time. Without a well controlling, it will continue to damage the kidney and cause the severe illness condition. What’s worsen, you may suffer from Hypertensive Nephropathy during the onset of PKD. And the elevated blood pressure can induce the other organs damage. It is more likely to develop heart problem which may kill the patient earlier than kidney damage itself. Therefore, most patients with PKD are suggested to keep their blood pressure under control.
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