New Study Finds Lower Blood Pressure Helps Some CKD & Dialysis Patients More Than Previously Known



In those with Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis, High Blood Pressure is very common and is said to impact more than eighty percent (80%) of patients (60% of Hemodialysis and 30% of patients on Peritoneal Dialysis patients). The cause of elevated Blood Pressure Levels in patients is likely due to hormone imbalances or fluid retention. Hence, the target blood pressure after a Dialysis treatment is currently less than 130/80. However, new findings suggest that the true ideal target for Chronic Kidney Disease patients who are over 50 years old should be under 120 in order to improve health, quality of life and longevity. 

National Institutes of Health worked alongside the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville to uncover the landmark finding that patients over 50 who adjust their higher blood pressure number (Systolic Blood Pressure) under 120 resulted in a 30% reduction in  Cardiovascular Events like heart attacks, strokes and heart failure and a 25% decrease in deaths compared to patients with Higher Blood Pressure levels.

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In this National Institutes of Health and Mayo Clinic study, "about a third of Mayo participants had Chronic Kidney Disease." This is good news since previous trials have largely excluded Chronic Kidney Disease patients, according to Researchers. Dr. William Haley (Nephrologist at Mayo Clinic) mentioned of the findings, “That is a huge difference. This is going to shake things up.” 

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As most know, High Blood Pressure is a leading risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and other health problems. Thus, take action! Print this article and share it with your health care team. Discuss with them the prospect of lowering your Systolic Blood Pressure levels to 120 or lower if you are currently over the age of 50. 

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