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Does high blood pressure affect my kidneys function?

Does high blood pressure affect my kidneys function?

Absolutely: The kidneys are one of the primary managers of blood pressure. When they are overwhelmed by continuously high blood pressure, eventually their function begins to decline. Renal failure can be one of the first manifestations of persistently uncontrolled severe high blood pressure. ...Read more

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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Hypertension (Definition)

A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more


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Does high blood pressure affect my kidneys?

Does high blood pressure affect my kidneys?

Yes.: High blood pressure is one of the leading diseases that can damage your the kidneys. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to chronic kidney disease and eventually dialysis. However if your blood pressure is well controlled, your kidney will not be damaged. ...Read more

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Why does high blood pressure ruin your kidneys?

Why does high blood pressure ruin your kidneys?

Kidneys are delicate: The kidneys filter all of your blood 24 hours a day. In order to filter the blood, they have a very delicate system of membranes and tissues to keep the good stuff in and let the bad stuff go out. When your blood pressure is always high, it puts a lot of stress on these delicate parts. The kidneys then respond by trying to thicken up the membranes, which causes problems filtering blood. ...Read more

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How does high blood pressure affect your heart?

How does high blood pressure affect your heart?

Requires both muscle: to work harder to drive blood forward & ?es valve leaflet loads to block reverse blood flow. Heart muscle requires more blood flow for more work (more susceptible to damage of artery Ds), muscle gets thicker/stronger but also stiffer (no longer allows blood return from veins at low pressure) over time. Both lead to ?ed heart attack rates, enlargement, congestive failure, atrial fibrillation, etc. ...Read more

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How does high blood pressure affect the lungs?

How does high blood pressure affect the lungs?

Blood pressure : systemic hypertension doesn't affect the lungs till left ventricle begins to fail, then lungs get stiff. Late in course edema may form. ...Read more

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Can high blood pressure affect my erections?

Can high blood pressure affect my erections?

Yes: & so can other conditions: smoking, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol (can narrow arteries to penis), medications (bp meds, antidepressants to name a couple). If not already seeing doc about bp, make appt to get it under control. There are BP meds that do not affect erections. Can also prescribe meds to enhance erections, if needed. ...Read more

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How does low blood sugar affect the kidneys?

How does low blood sugar affect the kidneys?

Poor blood flow: Low blood sugar(or hypoglycemia) can lead to diminished blood flow to the kidneys impairing their ability to function properly. ...Read more

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Does low blood pressure affect the brain?

Does low blood pressure affect the brain?

Sometimes...: Low blood pressure, if low enough, can decrease blood flow to the brain. Since blood carries oxygen, the person would then have low oxygen to the brain. The brain doesn't function well with low blood flow/oxygen and the person could experience light-headedness, confusion, etc. And may even pass out. ...Read more

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How does high blood pressure affect the arteries?

How does high blood pressure affect the arteries?

Blood pressure: read this: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/basics/definition/con-20019580

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How does high blood pressure affect pregnancy?

How does high blood pressure affect pregnancy?

BP and pregnancy: Adequate blood pressure is important for a healthy pregnancy for both baby and mother. Very high BP can cause serious problems to fetal development, particularly a condition call preeclampsia which can very dangerous to mother too. Low BP could be very dangerous too. ...Read more

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How does high blood pressure affect your vision?

How does high blood pressure affect your vision?

See below: High blood pressure can cause vision loss if high enough. High blood pressure is also a risk factor for retinal vein occlusions. Control your blood pressure for your eyes and for your overall health. ...Read more

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How does high blood pressure cause kidney failure?

How does high blood pressure cause kidney failure?

Blood vessel damage: High blood pressure damages the blood vessels, especially small arteries and that damages the special organs in kidneys, glomeruli. Hypertension also damages larger arteries and reduced blood supply to kidneys. ...Read more

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How does blood pressure affect reproduction?

How does blood pressure affect reproduction?

Does not: Well women who are pregnant sometimes develop hypertension so there is a relationship between the two and if you have hypertension it can worsen when you are pregant but the hypertension does not relate to your becoming pregnant. Either way, if your blood pressure is high you need evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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How does low blood pressure affect you?

How does low blood pressure affect you?

Variable: Low blood pressure, or hypotension, can affect people in various ways. Symptoms may include dizziness, visual disturbances, passing out or even just weakness and fatigue. ...Read more

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How does low blood pressure affect you?

How does low blood pressure affect you?

How low can you go?: Is not just about limbo, it can also be about your blood pressure. If your top number is 90 or less, the key is how do you feel? Dizzy, lightheaded [especially when you sit up or stand up], heart running fast, even passing out .... Not good. Talk with your doc! on the other hand, some people - especially athletes or yogis - feel fine & it's a sign of how healthy, body& mind, they are. ...Read more

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How does diabetes affect the blood vessels in kidneys?

Simple: Diabetes is a blood vessel disease. It leads to the aging of all blood vessels of the body. In the kidneys it primarily involves the small blood vessels, capillaries, leading into the filtering units and causing drop out of these units. Usually every kidney has about a million units. As these start to drop out over the years the kidney function deteriorates. Bigger vessels are not exempt either. ...Read more

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How does high blood pressure negatively affect you health?

How does high blood pressure negatively affect you health?

In Maaaaaany ways: Healthy arteries are flexible, strong and elastic. Their inner lining is smooth so that blood flows freely. If you have high blood pressure, the increased pressure of blood flowing through your arteries gradually can cause: 1) Aneurysm 2) Artery damage and narrowing 3) Hypertrophy - Heart Failure 4) Coronary Artery disease 5) Strokes 6) Kidney and Eye problems More important than people think! ...Read more

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Blood Pressure (Definition)

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more


Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more