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Learn more about kidney disease and hypertension, their effects on the body and how you can take care of yourself.

Hypertension and Organ Failure

Since hypertension can develop slowly without symptoms, it can cause serious organ damage. In fact, even slight increases in blood pressure have been known to cause kidney and heart damage. Severe high blood pressure may result in headaches, visual disturbances, nausea and vomiting (hypertensive crisis). This happens when blood pressure rises too rapidly. If untreated, hypertension can damage major organs like the brain, heart, eyes, kidneys or liver.
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What You Need to Know About Kidney Failure

Your kidneys filter wastes from your blood and regulate other functions of your body. When they are not working properly, your body cannot clean your blood and remove excess fluids, minerals and wastes. This, in turn, can also affect hormones that keep your bones strong and your blood healthy. When kidneys lose their filtering ability, harmful wastes build up, blood pressure rises and the body retains excess fluid, resulting in a condition known as kidney (renal) failure.
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Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

When the blood supply to part of the heart muscle (myocardium) is severely reduced or stopped, a heart attack occurs, i.e., a myocardial infarction. This reduction or stoppage happens when one or more of the coronary arteries supplying blood to the myocardium is blocked and is usually caused by the buildup of plaque (fat-like deposits) or atherosclerosis.
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Monitoring Your Blood Pressure

It's great to get your blood pressure checked frequently by your physician, but if you have a problem with hypertension, you may want to check it more frequently on your own... or if you suspect you have high blood pressure, you can check it yourself too.
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