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Help Control And Treat High Blood Pressure in PKD

February 5, 2013 aboutbloodpressure Treatment

High blood pressure is a common complication of Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). About 50% of young PKD patients have blood pressure higher than 140-90mmHg and nearly all PKD patients develop high blood pressure in ESRD. Learning how to control and treat high blood pressure for PKD patients seems to be very important.

Controlling blood pressure has a lot of benefits for PKD patients. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for speeding up deterioration of kidney function and therefore a relatively low and stable blood pressure can enable a better prognosis for PKD patients.

Here are some suggestions for controlling blood pressure for PKD patients in their daily life. Some beneficial foods include black fungus, celery, hawthorn, chrysanthemum tea. Some beneficial exercises include walking, jogging, Tai Chi, etc.

Besides these conventional measures for controlling blood pressure, PKD patients should not forget the root problem-the cysts growing on kidneys. Continuously enlarged and increased cysts will oppress normal renal tissues and cause ischemia, hypoxia and low blood perfusion in the kidneys, thus causing high blood pressure. If not treated well, high blood pressure will in turn worsen renal damage. Only if the cysts are shrunk or removed and further enlargement of these cysts is controlled, can the renal oppression be relieved and renal fibrosis be reversed. Surgery is a good method to remove renal cyst in short time, however it is more suitable to treat simple and single cyst and not very proper for PKD. What is more, the formation of cysts in PKD is gene-related and there are numerous cysts which vary in size, so it is impossible to be treated through surgery.

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