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Jun
11
Cardiovascular Disease – Your Heart and your Kidneys

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What do these two organs have in common? They are two of the main organs that keep you alive. The heart pumps oxygen rich blood all over the body, and the kidneys clean this blood to remove wastes, and fluid. Blood is then sent back to the heart for more oxygen and the cycle repeats. Individuals with kidney disease are at a risk for cardiovascular disease, and individuals with kidney disease are at risk for cardiovascular disease. If your heart can’t pump blood effectively to your kidneys, then your kidneys can’t function. If your kidneys can’t function they can’t clean your blood. If you have one condition, you may be at risk for the other. What do you do? If you have been diagnosed with cardiovascular (Heart Disease) you may be being treated by a cardiologist or a primary care physician. Your heart doctor may recommend that you see a nephrologist to make sure your kidneys have not been affected. Here at Iowa Kidney Physicians our goal is to work with the physicians you may see for any health problems you may have. We all make-up your vital organ’s care team.


Jun
11
Blood pressure and your Kidneys

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Feeling the pressure?


To understand the role of your kidneys, in blood pressure, you must first know what blood pressure is. Blood pressure is the force that your heart uses to pump blood around your body. Blood pressure is measured in two parts systolic and diastolic. Systolic blood pressure is the pressure used when your heart beats to push blood out of the heart. Diastolic pressure is your heart at rest between beats. Blood pressure is measure in millimeters of mercury (mmHg) and appears as a fraction which reads Systolic/Diastolic mmHg. Make sense so far? Good!