Education

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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.


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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!


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I want to be a living Kidney Donor

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One of the greatest gifts you can give someone, is the gift of life. Organ donation has come a long way over the years. New technology, immunosuppressive drugs, and a database make accessibility to organs more efficient of a process. Unfortunately, this does not change the fact that millions of people will sit and wait for organs that never come, some may not live past the waiting process. It is estimated that 2,000 names are added to the organ transplant list every month. Vital organs may never be obtained such as hearts and livers. Kidney donation has a unique opportunity in that donors can be alive and survive on only one kidney.


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Questions to ask your Nephrologist

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Why am I here?

• That is the most common question we receive here in our office. It is possible you were referred to us by another physician, a hospital, or a care facility. You may not really be sure what is going on with your body, other than you are here to see a doctor. This is an important question to ask your nephrology team, so that you can be comfortable and understand your medical condition.


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