Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and stroke is the third leading cause. Both of these conditions are caused by cardiovascular disease. While cardiovascular disease is common in people with chronic kidney disease.
What is heart problem?
Heart problem is a general term to describe any cardiovascular disease that affects the heart and/or the blood vessels in the heart. The following conditions are considered heart problem: coronary artery disease, heart attack, heart failure, atherosclerosis and high blood pressure.
Why does kidney disease increase your risk of heart problem?
Our kidneys help to control and maintain the body’s chemical balance. For example, our kidneys make hormones that regulate the electrolytes and fluid balance. Hormones such as renin and angiotensin control how well the blood vessels expand and contract. So our kidneys play an important role in maintaining good blood pressure levels.
How to reduce your heart risk?
Because of the close connection between kidney disease and cardiovascular disease, much of what your doctor recommends to control your kidney disease will also lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.
-Avoid cigarette smoking and smoke. Second-hand smoke is also dangerous.
-Control your blood sugar if you have Diabetes. Check your blood sugar level often and stick to the diet your doctor recommends.
-Change your diet. Choose low-cholesterol foods and avoid trans fats. Get more fiber by eating plenty of vegetables and whole grains.
-Get some exercise. Just 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day may help to improve your cholesterol, maintain a healthy weight and lower blood pressure.
-Talk to your doctor about other measures. You might need medication or a more specialized diet and exercise plan, especially if you have other risk factors, like Diabetes.
If you are suffering from heart problem
-Lifestyle changes. Whether your heart disease is mild or severe, it is likely that your doctor will recommend lifestyle changes as part of your treatment. Lifestyle changes include eating a low-fat and low-sodium diet, quitting smoking and limiting how much alcohol you drink.
-Medications. If lifestyle changes alone are not enough, some certain medications will be recommended to control your heart disease. These could include medications to lower blood pressure such as diuretics, ACE inhibitors or beta blockers, cholesterol-lowering medications.
-Surgery. If medications are not enough, it is possible your doctor will recommend specific procedures or surgery to clear the blockages in your heart.
-Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy. Nowadays, it is commonly used in clinic to help patients deal with kidney disease from the root cause. It becomes more and more popular as it aims at repairing kidney damage and recovering kidney function. If renal function can be improved, undoubtedly heart problem and other complications of kidney disease will be improved naturally. If you still have any follow-up questions, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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