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High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure or hypertension is a major risk factor in the development of kidney disease. High blood pressure can cause injury to the blood vessels in the kidneys. Once damaged, the blood vessels are unable to help remove wastes from the blood which leads to kidney damage and eventually can lead to kidney failure.

Blood pressure readings consist of two measurements. The top number is called the systolic pressure and the bottom number is the diastolic pressure. Patients with reduced kidney function should set a goal blood pressure of least 130/80.

Hypertension is not only a risk factor for kidney disease but also accelerates damage to the kidney when kidney disease is already present. Early detection and treatment of high blood pressure is essential.

To read more about Hypertension, visit:

WebMD: High Blood Pressure Facts

Mayo Clinic: Printable High Blood Pressure Info