Having too low diastolic blood pressure (measurement of blood pressure when the heart is at rest) may be deadly for patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). A sudden drop in blood pressure while undergoing dialysis has continually frustrated dialysis patients. Side effects associated with low blood pressure in CKD patients include stroke, induced seizures, heart damage and now even death.
Lowering blood pressure is a goal for many, but patients with CKD, especially those on dialysis, are at higher risk of having their blood pressure fall to the point where it is unsafe. New limits for a safe level of low blood pressure may be in order because low blood pressure in CKD patients are linked to higher rates of death than the general population. The researchers found that blood pressures in the range of 130 to 159 mm HG systolic over 70 to 89 diastolic were associated with positive health outcomes in individuals with CKD and ideal results were narrowed to "110-115/70-75."
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A Stanford University School of Medicine report suggested that Hemodialysis patients who regularly experience low blood pressure may have an increased risk of vascular access blood clotting. Although clotting is one of the primary complications of an access point and can lead to its closure, the researchers found that patients who had the most frequent episodes of low blood pressure were two times more likely to have a clotted fistula than patients with the fewer episodes.
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If you are frequently experiencing low blood pressure KidneyBuzz.com recommends that you discuss with your Nephrologist adjusting your blood pressure medication. Stay well hydrated because a lack of circulating fluid volume can cause low blood pressure. Eat ice if you have to limit your fluid intake. One of the major causes of your blood pressure falling may be stress. Eliminate it from your life and incorporate manageable exercise to maintain healthy blood pressure. If you find your blood pressure falling, to help immediately raise it you should lie down and elevate your feet. The increased blood return to the heart will raise your blood pressure. Crossing your legs while standing and squatting are also effective methods of increasing blood pressure in individuals with CKD.
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