Kidney disease specialists (nephrologists) with the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network are highly experienced in treating patients with high blood pressure that is a symptom of or is causing chronic kidney disease (CKD). High blood pressure can damage blood vessels throughout the body, including in the kidneys. This damage can cause a reduction in kidney function, which can in turn increase blood pressure. More than 50 percent of patients with CKD have high blood pressure (hypertension).
High Blood Pressure Management to Reduce Kidney Disease Complications
High blood pressure is a serious condition, and for people with chronic kidney disease, controlling it is critical. Hypertension is often called the “silent killer” because it frequently has no symptoms. High blood pressure can make chronic kidney disease worse and can lead to heart disease. Regular monitoring of blood pressure is the best way to detect a problem and to make sure elevated blood pressure is kept under control.
Our nephrologists are experts in the early detection and careful management of high blood pressure. Treating high blood pressure usually involves a combination of exercise, nutrition and medications. There is no "one size fits all" approach to treating hypertension. Ideally, treatment should be tailored to the patient to avoid using a large number of or high doses of medications that are less effective. Care will need to be adjusted if CKD progresses and the body’s kidney function changes, especially if dialysis or transplant is required. Patients with diabetes will require different treatment considerations, too. The goal for all patients is to closely manage blood pressure to reduce the risk of serious complications.