March is National Kidney Month! While kidney health is always essential, this is a great chance to learn about the relationship between heart disease and kidney disease. They may seem like separate body entities, but they are often connected.
The Connection Between Heart Disease And Kidney Disease
At PULSE: The Heart, Valve, and Vascular Institute, we can provide you with insight into heart disease and kidney disease as it relates to your health. Understanding the relationship is the first step.
The Role Of The Kidney
The kidney is an essential organ in your body. Your kidneys are two organs around the size of your first located slightly below your ribcage on either side of your spine. There are various roles of the kidney:
- Clean out waste from your body
- Aids in control of blood pressure
- It helps maintain healthy bones
- Assists in the creation of red blood cells
- Balances minerals in the body
The Role Of The Heart
The heart is another essential organ in the human body. It is the primary organ involved in the circulatory system. The heart’s primary function is to facilitate blood movement throughout the body. Along with that, the heart:
- Controls the speed and rhythm of a person’s heart rate
- Controls and maintains a person’s blood pressure
How They Work Together
The relationship between the kidneys and the heart is one of the most important in your body. The National Kidney Foundation explains this relationship as that the heart pumps blood to all areas of the body, including the kidneys. The kidneys are constantly cleaning the blood. Without the heart, the kidneys wouldn’t receive blood to make their jobs happen. Without the kidneys, the blood that the heart pumps through would have too much waste and water included. The kidneys’ role takes immense stress off the heart as it completes its other functions.
How Heart Disease and Kidney Disease Relate
While worrying about one disease is intimidating enough, worrying about two is even worse. That is why we provide you with the information you need about both. The first thing to remember is that having heart disease does not mean developing kidney disease. It could, however, increase the risk factor.
The Cleveland Clinic goes into detail about the relationship between heart disease and kidney disease. According to this, the greatest threat comes from years of poorly controlled high blood pressure or high blood sugar levels. You are not always aware that your kidney function is worsening. Sometimes, when blood and urine tests show the changes, the kidneys’ health has drastically gotten worse. This relationship is also seen when the heart is unable to pump forcefully. There is less waste and urine with less blood going to the kidneys. This can cause fluid to build up and worsen the heart’s health.
What You Can Do To Avoid It
Keeping both your heart and kidneys healthy can aid in avoiding heart disease and kidney disease. This entails keeping your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar in the healthy range for your body. To reach those goals, you can make sure you are eating a healthy diet, staying active, and either not smoking or working towards quitting. While all of these can be difficult to keep in check, your healthcare provider is there to help you find the most effective methods for your situation.
National Kidney Month is a great time to reflect on your health. Heart disease and kidney disease can seem even more intimidating together, but this means working towards the health of both. Do you have questions about your heart and kidney health? At PULSE: The Heart, Valve, and Vascular Institute, we are here to help and answer any questions along the way. Check out our website or give us a call at (941) 629-2111.