Controlling hypertension is essential to preventing kidney failure

Controlling high blood pressure is essential to prevent kidney failure

Uncontrolled high blood pressure, a common disorder, is associated with an increased long-term risk of many severe health conditions

May 17th is celebrated every year as World Hypertension Day. The theme for 2022 is “Accurately measure blood pressure, control it, and live longer.

The topic focuses on combating low rates of awareness worldwide, particularly in low-to-middle-income areas, using accurate blood pressure measurement methods. In this regard, NephroPlus, the largest dialysis network in India, which studies the prevalence of hypertension in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients, highlights the importance of controlling blood pressure at a very early stage.

Uncontrolled high blood pressure, a common disorder, is associated with an increased long-term risk of many severe health conditions.

Even when patients are under the care of specialists, they often have limited understanding of basic aspects including symptoms, diet choices, benefits and risks of medications, and finally, the importance of self-monitoring and their ease of use.

High blood pressure, or high blood pressure, is one of the main causes of kidney disease and kidney failure.

Over time, uncontrolled high blood pressure can cause the arteries around the kidneys to narrow, weaken, or harden. These damaged arteries cannot deliver enough blood to the kidney tissues. It can lead to injury of the kidney filters, loss of protein in the urine, and kidney damage.

What you need to know

  • High blood pressure (hypertension) is a major cause of kidney disease and kidney failure (end-stage kidney disease)
  • Three out of every four patients on dialysis have high blood pressure
  • High blood pressure is not only the cause but also the result of chronic kidney disease
  • Blood pressure control is affected by the frequency of hemodialysis (70% at 2/week or less than 2 at week HD).
  • In addition, diet and medication influence blood pressure control among dialysis patients

However, there has been very little research to put this observation into context with a heavy focus on patients undergoing dialysis. Unanswered questions in India include the timing of blood pressure measurement, the importance of systolic or diastolic blood pressure, type of medication and finally fluid management in dialysis patients with low dialysis rate.

Oddly enough, it is a common problem that has not received the importance it deserves.

Being the leading brand of dialysis care in the country, NephroPlus is committed to improving the lives of dialysis patients and helping them live better, delving into the topic to understand the effects of high blood pressure in people of diverse genders and age groups. The results showed that diet and medication affect blood pressure control among dialysis patients.

A total of 16,847 dialysis patients were studied. As part of the study, 3 out of 4 dialysis patients had high blood pressure. Excess weight, lack of exercise or activity, and a diet rich in sodium with a genetic predisposition put these older women at risk for developing high blood pressure.

While most studies reveal a higher proportion of men with high blood pressure than women globally, the NephroPlus study revealed a higher incidence of hypertension in women in the age group 21-40 indicating that high blood pressure is a health problem in young people. . of women as well.

Hypertension is present in 2/3 of patients undergoing dialysis.

The blood pressure count is affected by the frequency of dialysis (70% at 2 weeks or less than 2 per week for dialysis). In addition, diet and medication influence blood pressure control among dialysis patients. This study provides a national snapshot of the impact of hypertension on dialysis patients in populations across India. High blood pressure is easy to detect, prevent, and treat, and it’s inexpensive.

It is essential to incorporate a healthy lifestyle by including an adequate amount of fruits and vegetables and reducing processed foods. One should be physically active and do the exercise for 30 minutes at least five times a week. Say no to smoking and keep your body weight in the recommended range.

The team formed by NephroPlus is a highly professional unit, based on experience, passion for service, and a sincere yearning for excellence. As a leading dialysis service provider in more than 160 cities across India, NephroPlus takes care of providing dialysis care in India and surrounding areas and educating dialysis personnel with the right information and guidelines.

Dr. Suresh Sankar is a dual specialist physician who combines two decades of nephrology practice with a decade of clinical leadership experience. He is Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs, NephroPlus

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2022-05-17 13:32:09

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