Also known as High Blood Pressure. It is the second leading cause of ESRD and it is commonly known as a chronic medical condition. The high pressure can damage the blood vessels in the kidneys and eventually reduces the kidneys function. There are two measurements of blood pressure, systolic and diastolic. Systolic measurements is the blood pressure that is measured when the heart’s muscles are contracting. This measurement is normally the top reading. Diastolic is the measurement of blood pressure when the heart muscles are relaxed in between beats. This measurement is normally the bottom reading.
Normal blood pressure when a patient is at rest should read 100-140 mmHg systolic and 60-90 mmHg diastolic. High blood pressure is confirmed when the readings are at or above 140/90 mmHg. Hypertension is a major risk factor for aneurysms of the arteries, stroke, and CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease). Blood Pressure can be controlled through diet and lifestyle changes. Drug treatment may be necessary if diet and lifestyle changes are not effective.
The Nephrology Group offers management of hypertension and ABPM (Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring)