What is Hypertension?
Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. For most people, a blood pressure of 140/90 or higher is considered abnormal. Talk to your health care provider about the right blood pressure for you.
Hypertension has no initial symptoms but can lead to long-term disease and complications, including damage to the heart, eyes, and kidneys. The damage can happen gradually over many years, without you feeling it.
Hypertension can cause kidney disease, and is an important cause of kidney failure in many countries.
But kidney disease can also cause high blood pressure, and when this happens the high blood pressure makes the kidneys deteriorate more quickly. About nine out of ten people with CKD stages 3-5 have high blood pressure.
Controlling the blood pressure with medication and lifestyle changes helps protects the kidneys from further damage. This is why it is so important for people with high blood pressure to get tested for kidney disease.
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