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KIDNEY FACTS

According to the National Kidney Foundation...

 

37 million people in the United States are living with chronic kidney disease (CKD).

The term “chronic kidney disease” means lasting damage to the kidneys that can get worse over time. If the damage is very bad, your kidneys may stop working. This is called kidney failure, or end-stage renal disease (ESRD). If your kidneys fail, you will need dialysis or a kidney transplant in order to live.

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HEART DISEASE & KIDNEY FAILURE

According to the National Kidney Foundation...Heart disease can cause kidney disease, but kidney disease can also cause heart disease. Heart disease is the most common cause of death among people on dialysis. The term heart disease refers to problems with your heart and blood vessels. It is also called cardiovascular disease.

How does kidney failure lead to heart problems?

 

When your kidneys are not working well, they cannot support the other parts of your body as they should. This can cause problems with your heart.

Kidney disease can cause anemia. When you have anemia, your heart and other organs cannot get enough oxygen. This can cause a heart attack.

Your kidneys help control your blood pressure. When your kidneys aren’t working well, your blood pressure can be too high. High blood pressure can lead to serious problems, such as heart attack and stroke.

Kidney disease can also cause problems with the amounts of calcium and phosphorus in your blood. When you do not have the right amount of calcium or phosphorus in your body, the major blood vessels that connect to your heart can be damaged.