Blood pressure and your Kidneys


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!

Now what about when you have high blood pressure, also known as, hypertension? This means that your heart is working harder to p...

Cardiovascular Disease – Your Heart and your Kidneys


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 pumped back to the heart for more oxygen and the cycle repeats. Individuals with kidney disease are at a risk for cardiovascular (heart) disease, and individuals with cardiovascular disease are at risk for kidney disease. If your heart cannot pump blood effectively to your kidneys, then your kidneys cannot function. If your kidneys cannot function, they cannot clean your blood. If you have heart disease your cardiologist or a primary care physician is checking your kidney func...