WKD 2009 Scientific Editorial – hypertension and kidney disease: a marriage that should be prevented

Every year, a scientific editorial is written for the occasion of World Kidney Day. The papers are researches on scientifically relevant topics that links to the campaign as a scientific basis for the annual theme.Each editorial is written by nephrologists working for the campaign on a voluntary basis and is usually published in more than 50 scientific journals.

2009 – The message for World Kidney Day 2009: hypertension and kidney disease: a marriage that should be prevented

George L. Bakris and Eberhard Ritz on behalf of the World Kidney Day 2009 Steering Committee 

The kidney is both a cause and a victim of hypertension. High blood pressure is a key pathogenetic factor that contributes to deterioration of kidney function. The presence of kidney disease is a common and underappreciated preexisting medical cause of resistant hypertension.1 Therefore, treatment of hypertension has become the most important intervention in the management of all forms of chronic kidney disease (CKD). For this reason, the forthcoming World Kidney Day (WKD) on 12 March 2009 will emphasize the role of hypertension in renal disease.

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