Most people associate hypertension, or high blood pressure, with heart disease; but if left untreated, it can affect kidney performance. In fact, high blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure in the United States after diabetes.
What you should know about hypertension
- The best way to slow or prevent kidney disease from high blood pressure is to take steps to lower blood pressure. These steps include a combination of medication and lifestyle changes, such as:
- Healthy eating
- Physical activity
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Quitting smoking
- Managing stress
- No matter what is causing the kidney disease, high blood pressure can increase damage to the kidneys. People with kidney disease should keep their blood pressure below 140/90.
- Medications that lower blood pressure can also significantly slow the progression of kidney disease. Two types of blood pressure-lowering medications — angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) — have been shown effective in slowing the progression of kidney disease.
Why choose Geisinger for your hypertension treatment?
- Our nephrologists provide advanced care for hypertension-related kidney conditions, including:
- Comprehensive evaluations
- Nutrition advice
- Exercise physiology services
- Lifestyle modification
Treats these conditions
While hypertension-related kidney disease can be dangerous, it can be managed with the right care. That is why we have a specific program designed to treat:
- Hypertension-related kidney disease