Blood Pressure and Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
The two main causes of chronic kidney disease are high blood pressure and diabetes. Diabetes happens when your blood sugar is too high, causing damage to many of the organs in your body, including the kidneys. High blood pressure, or hypertension, occurs when the pressure of your blood against the walls of our blood vessels increases. If uncontrolled, high blood pressure can be a leading cause of strokes, heart disease and kidney failure.
Remember: High blood pressure and kidney disease are closely related. High blood pressure can cause kidney disease, it can speed up the progression of kidney disease, as well as result from kidney disease.
If you have questions or concerns about high blood pressure, make an appointment to visit with your doctor.
Blood Pressure Treatment Goals*:
130/80mm Hg or lower If you are risk for kidney disease, or have diabetes or coronary artery disease
120/80mm Hg or lower If you are a healthy adult
*US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health