World Kidney Day - MARCH 14 ; Kidney disease could lead to cardio problems
The presence of kidney dysfunction greatly increases the risk of cardiovascular disease - an important...
The presence of kidney dysfunction greatly increases the risk of cardiovascular disease - an important fact that is often overlooked! If you are at risk of kidney disease, see your doctor to discuss maintaining your heart health as well! Says Dr Sridhar, Consultant Chief Nephrologist, Aware Global Hospitals, LB Nagar Hyderabad. Key facts about chronic kidney disease (CKD) & cardiovascular disease
- People at every stage of CKD are at more risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), although those in the later stages have the highest risk.
- CVD remains the leading cause of death for people on dialysis and those who have a transplanted kidney.
- People with CKD have a 2 to 3-fold greater risk of cardiac death than individuals without CKD.
- Identifying CKD early and slowing the progression to kidney failure is important in reducing your risk of CVD.
- The best way to reduce the risk of CVD is to make healthy lifestyle choices. It is also important to control and maintain a healthy blood pressure, cholesterol level, and blood glucose level if you have diabetes. If you have CKD, this usually means using medication as well as having a healthy lifestyle.
- 60 years or older
- Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin
- Family history of kidney disease
- Established heart problems and/or have had a stroke
- Obese (Body Mass Index BMI - of 30 or more)
- Chain smoking
- A Raise awareness about our amazing kidneys.
- A Highlight that diabetes and high blood pressure are key risk factors for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).
- A Encourage CKD screening of all 'high risk' groups, especially anyone with diabetes and hypertension.
- A Encourage preventive behaviour.
- Educate medical professionals about their key role in detecting and reducing the risk of kidney disease, particularly in high risk populations.
- A Stress the important role of local and national health authorities in controlling the CKD epidemic. Health authorities worldwide will have to deal with high and escalating costs, if no action is taken to treat the growing number of people with CKD. On World Kidney Day, Governments are encouraged to take note of the facts above and take action to invest more in kidney screening.
- Encourage transplantation as a best-outcome option for kidney failure and the act of organ donation
- High blood pressure
- Changes in the amount and number of times urine is passed, e.g. at night
- Changes in the appearance of urine
- Blood in the urine
- Puffiness in legs and ankles
- Pain in the kidney area
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty in sleeping
- Lack of concentration
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea and vomiting
- Bad breath and a metallic taste in the mouth
15 Sep 2019 9:37 AM GMT