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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.


Want to know if you are at risk for Heart or Kidney Disease? Take the Self-Test:

• Do you engage in regular physical activity?

• Are you overweight?

• Do you consume a high fat diet?

• Are your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol within normal ranges?

• Do you smoke?

• Do you suffer from high stress?


If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may be at risk! The time to seek treatment is now! Call our office today and we will help you create a care plan that is right for you.

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