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How to Control High Blood Pressure in PKD

How to Control High Blood Pressure in PKDHypertension is a common early finding in Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), accounting for 50 to 70 percent of all PKD patients. Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) patients with hypertension have a more rapid loss of renal function and higher mortality, since hypertension is an important risk factor for cardiovascular death, the most frequent cause of mortality in Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) patients.

How does Polycystic Kidney Disease cause high blood pressure?

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is a kidney disorder in which clusters of cysts develop primarily within your kidneys. Cysts are noncancerous round sacs containing water-like fluid. As the cysts enlarge, they produce pressure and promote scarring in the normal, unaffected areas of your kidneys. When some vessels in kidney are squeezed, it will cause blood flow decline even renal ischemia, which stimulates kidney to release rennin. The renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system will start to work, contracting the blood vessel and elevating the blood pressure. If patients don’t receive timely treatment, high blood pressure will in turn affect kidney disease negatively---aggravate renal fibrosis and elevate serum creatinine level--- accelerate the progression of kidney disease.

How to control high blood pressure in PKD?

Pathogenesis of high blood pressure in PKD is different from primary high blood pressure, so these traditional methods to control blood pressure can’t get desirable effects. For PKD patients, the key step of the high blood pressure treatment is to control the cysts, relieving the pressure on kidney. Except surgery, other western medicines don’t work effectively in this respect. While PKD patients with high blood pressure control their blood pressure well with Chinese medicine treatment.

Some ingredients in Chinese medicine have the effects of dilating blood vessels. Broadened blood vessels allow larger blood volume, which can increase oxygen and nutrients to kidney and enhance metabolism---improve the kidney microcirculation. Thereby, change the activity of capsule wall cells, increase the permeability and remove fluids in capsule. With the cysts decrease, the pressure on kidney will decline. The condition of renal ischemia gets better and release of renin will decrease. In this way, the blood pressure gets controlled.

If you are suffering from high blood pressure caused by PKD, you can contact our online doctors they can give you more treatment options.

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