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 functions by blood work. If your care team is concerned about kidney functions, they may recommend that you see a nephrologist to preserve kidney health. Here at Iowa Kidney Physicians our goal is to work with your care team to protect your vital organs, but specifically, your kidneys.

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

Do you have a sedentary lifestyle, with little to no physical activity?

Are you overweight?

Do you consume a high fat diet?

Are your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol outside of normal ranges?

Do you smoke?

Do you suffer from high stress?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you are 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.