What Are Aneurysms?

Before we talk about aneurysms, let’s talk about our vascular system.  Our vascular system is made up of various types of blood vessels. Blood vessels circulate blood throughout our body. Blood vessels include veins, arteries and capillaries, as well as arterioles and venules. Our blood vessels have a tube-like shape that form a closed circuit, similar to a loop, which begins and ends at our heart. For our purposes, we will be focusing on arteries.

The arteries carry oxygenated blood away from our heart to the rest of our body. They have thick, flexible walls, and handle a large amount of force and pressure from blood flow, but not a large volume of blood. Our blood must be able to flow freely throughout our body without the threat of blockages or ruptures. It is vital to our survival. An aneurysm is one of the conditions that can occur that can threaten our blood vessels from doing their job.

An aneurysm is a ballooning, or bulging of a weakened part of an artery. Here are some examples of aneurysms:

  • Aortic aneurysm – The major blood vessel the carries blood from your heart to major organs.
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm – The section of aorta that passes through your abdomen.
  • Thoracic aortic aneurysm – The section of aorta that passes through your chest.
  • Brain aneurysm – Blood vessels supplying blood to your brain.
  • Peripheral aneurysm – Blood vessels in other parts of your body, such as your neck, groin or legs.
Thoracic Aneurysm

Untreated aneurysms can rupture, leading to internal bleeding. They can also cause blood clots that block the flow of blood in the artery. If a portion of the clot breaks off, depending on where it originated, it can travel to your lungs or your brain. A rupture or a blood clot can be life threatening depending on the location.

Whether the aneurysms cause symptoms or not, often depends on its location. Some do not produce symptoms until they rupture.  A ruptured aneurysm is a medical emergency, and 911 should be called immediately. Symptoms of a ruptured aneurysm come on suddenly. A person may feel:

  • Lightheaded
  • They may experience a rapid heartbeat
  • They may have sudden severe pain in the head, chest, abdomen or back
  • They may lose consciousness after complaining of a severe headache

When an aneurysm causes symptoms, the signs can depend on its location. You might notice a drop in blood pressure, which may be a sign of shock, or the person may feel “clammy” or disoriented. They may also have a racing heart. Other symptoms can include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Dizziness or confusion
  • Pain in abdomen, chest or back
  • Pulsating abdominal mass
  • Swelling in the neck
  • Vision changes

If you have symptoms, your healthcare provider will do tests to find and diagnose the aneurysm. Those may include:

  • CT scan
  • CT or MRI angiography
  • Ultrasound

There are different types of aneurysms based on how if forms and how large it is. Your healthcare provider will determine the classification based on tests and imaging results. The type of aneurysm will determine the course of treatment which your healthcare provider will discuss with you.

Living a healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk of many diseases and conditions. This includes eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, quitting smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight.

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What is TransCarotid Artery Revascularization?

TransCarotid Artery Revascularization is a fairly new procedure performed by board certified vascular surgeons, to treat narrowed or blocked carotid arteries.

The carotid artery supplies blood to your brain. If a narrowing or blockage develops within the artery, you may suffer from a stroke. Sometimes people may experience an incident known as a transient ischemic attack, or TIA. A TIA is a brief stroke-like attack that usually resolves within minutes to hours, and can be a warning sign of a future stroke. A person may experience a temporary loss of vision as a result of a TIA. If a blockage in the carotid artery is left untreated, a stroke may occur. A stroke can be life threatening or leave a person with any number of disabilities, such as paralysis on one side of the body, difficulty with speech, memory problems, permanent blindness, or muscle weakness.

The traditional procedure for a blockage in a carotid artery, is endarterectomy. This is an open procedure where an incision in made in the neck over the carotid artery. The carotid artery is opened and the plaque is removed from inside the artery. Both incisions are then closed and recovery usually takes place in the hospital for one or two days.

The TCAR procedure takes a different approach. The procedure begins with a much smaller incision in the neck above the collarbone to gain access to the carotid artery. A sheath is then placed inside the carotid artery, and to protect the brain from debris during the procedure, a circuit outside the body directs blood flow away from the brain, collecting any potential debris in the device filter before returning the blood to a vessel in the leg. This is referred to as “reverse flow” and makes the TCAR procedure unique. This process allows the surgeon to place a stent, which is an expandable mesh tube, at the site of the blockage for long-term plaque stabilization and stroke prevention. Below is an image of a carotid artery before TCAR and after. Notice the blockage in the photo on the left and the increased blood flow in the photo on the right.

The TCAR procedure is a less invasive procedure and has a smaller incision, which is associated with less scarring, lower rates of infection and less patient discomfort. The procedure carries the same low stroke rate as the traditional option, but the less invasive approach also reduces the risk of heart attack, nerve injury and reduces the actual time required to perform the surgery, and recovery time in the hospital. It is also a good option for high-risk patients, due to the less invasive approach, and the shortened procedure time.

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What is Ultrasound and How is it Used?

There are many imaging methods used for diagnosing conditions and diseases. Among them are X-ray, MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) CT (Computed Tomography) PET (Positron Emission Tomography), and ultrasound or songraphy. Each of these methods uses different means for obtaining images of the inside of the body. Here we will address ultrasound, a special type of imaging that is used regularly in our vascular practice.

Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to generate images of structures inside your body.  Sound waves are safe and do not contain any radiation. Ultrasound is used in many specialties. For instance, it is used to look at your kidneys, or your gallbladder, or an obstetrician will use it to monitor the growth of a fetus. Some ultrasound tests are performed to recheck conditions that were previously diagnosed, to ensure no changes have occurred, such as your carotid arteries, or an aneurysm.

Vascular ultrasound is the specialty that not only uses ultrasound, but also uses what is called Doppler ultrasound. Doppler ultrasound is different than regular ultrasound. Where regular ultrasound produces images, Doppler ultrasound measures blood flow through your blood vessels in real time, and can show us how well blood is moving through your veins and arteries. It does that by bouncing high frequency sound waves off of circulating red blood cells.

Some of the conditions that we use Doppler ultrasound for, include:

  • Venous insufficiency. Poorly functioning valves in your leg veins can cause blood or other fluids to pool in your legs.
  • A blocked artery. We may look at your carotid arteries in your neck for example.
  • Peripheral artery disease. PAD is a narrowing or blockage in the arteries that carry blood from the heart to other parts of the body.
  • Aneuryms. An aneurysm is when the wall of an artery weakens, allowing it to widen or bulge out.
  • Arterial stenosis. Stenosis is when a blood vessel narrows, usually due to fatty deposits called plaque, building up in the inside wall of the artery which restricts blood flow.
  • Blood clots. Blood clots such as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) can occur in the deep veins of your body, usually your legs. This condition is serious because blood clots can loosen and lodge in your lungs.

Ultrasound is a painless, easy procedure, that can diagnose conditions without using more invasive techniques. Sound waves generated by ultrasound are safe and contain no radiation and can be used during pregnancy without danger to the fetus.

During your procedure a trained ultrasound technician (sonographer) will administer the test by first applying gel, which is a conductive material, on the area that is to be scanned. The technician then uses a hand-held device called a transducer, and places it on the area to be examined, moving it around the area as necessary, while documenting the information being generated. Your vascular surgeon will review your images and determine if there are any changes that you need to be concerned about. If your doctor discovers anything abnormal, your options for treatment, if necessary, will be discussed with you.

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Diabetes and Vascular Disease

Vascular Diseases are the principal cause of disability in diabetic patients. To understand the reason for this, we will briefly explain the role of your vascular system.

Your vascular system is part of your circulatory system, which includes your heart. Your vascular system consists of blood vessels; arteries, veins, arterioles, venules and capillaries. The blood vessels are the transit system, so to speak, where blood travels throughout your body. After the heart pumps oxygen rich blood into the aortic valve and into the aorta which is the largest artery in the body, the arteries, arterioles and capillaries deliver oxygen rich blood and nutrients to all of our organs, and extremities, and then the veins return deoxygenated blood and waste back to the heart, and the process begins all over again. Without oxygen rich blood and nutrients being constantly delivered, our brain, organs and extremities will suffer. This is where complications of diabetes come into play.

People with diabetes have too much sugar in their blood. Excess sugar in our blood damages the inner linings of both our large and small arteries by decreasing the elasticity of blood vessels. The damaged blood vessels respond by layering on plaque, a substance made from fatty substances, calcium, waste products, cholesterol and fibrin, that fills in the arteries. This causes our blood vessels to narrow, impeding blood flow and reducing the supply of blood and oxygen to our organs, extremities and nerves. Oftentimes people with diabetes also have high blood pressure. High blood pressure damages arteries too, as plaque will accumulate along tears in your artery wall, which stresses our circulatory system. Consequently, people with diabetes are at a higher risk for certain vascular diseases.

Of particular concern are the eyes, kidneys, legs and feet. Diabetics must pay close attention and visit their doctor and specialists regularly, to have their levels checked, and to keep a close watch on any changes they may experience. Here are some of the ways in which people with diabetes may experience vascular disease.

  • Eyes – The tiny blood vessels in the retina may become inflamed, which blocks oxygen rich blood from reaching the retina. If the condition becomes severe, blindness may occur.
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) – PAD occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries and reduces blood flow to your legs and feet. The first signs may be pain in your legs while walking which subsides while resting. Wounds that will not heal often develop in advanced PAD. If left untreated, gangrene can develop and amputation may result.
  • Renovascular Conditions – Diabetes affects the blood vessels of the kidneys and can lead to kidney failure and the need for a kidney transplant. Oftentimes damage goes undetected until it is advanced and is not reversible.

Prevention is the best course of action. If you suffer from diabetes, your best defense against vascular complications is a good offense!

  • Get an annual eye exam and be on alert for any changes.
  • Exercise is the best way to keep your circulation in tip top shape! Consistent exercise, especially walking, can lessen the symptoms of PAD, and over time can create more blood vessels by expanding the network of capillaries! Patients who have PAD symptoms, should have regular checkups with a vascular surgeon and podiatrist. Always speak to your doctor before starting an exercise routine.
  • See a doctor regularly for blood tests which can detect kidney failure in its early stages. Keeping an eye on your blood sugar and blood pressure can reduce the risk of diabetes related kidney failure. If caught early, kidney problems may be treated with medications and may prevent the need for dialysis in the future.
  • Stop Smoking! – Cigarette smoking also damages blood vessels, particularly for those people with diabetes. Tobacco causes inflammation, which in turn causes plaque buildup.

Self-care is an important part of staying healthy and living a longer life. Your body will thank you!

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Does Walking Help Peripheral Artery Disease?

Do you have pain and cramping in your lower extremities after minor activity? Do you experience numbness or weakness in your arms or legs? Do you have wounds on your toes, feet or legs, that won’t heal? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, you may be suffering from peripheral artery disease or PAD. PAD is caused by the narrowing of blood vessels that supply blood to your legs. PAD can occur in other parts of your vascular system, but it is most common in your lower extremities.

Over time, fatty deposits or atherosclerosis, and calcium, can build up inside the walls of the arteries, causing narrowing of the artery and reducing blood flow to your legs, which causes pain. If left untreated, peripheral artery disease can have serious, and debilitating side effects, which can include sores on your toes or feet that will not heal and become infected, progressing to an ulcer or gangrene. Tissue needs blood to survive, and without adequate blood flow, progressive gangrene, enlarging wounds or continuous ischemic rest pain, can signify a threat to the limb.

There are ways to prevent PAD, or keep it from progressing. At the top of the list is, you guessed it, exercise! Exercise has many benefits, and PAD is one disease that benefits greatly. If you already suffer from symptoms of PAD, walking may be difficult at first. But if you begin slowly, the benefits to your overall health are worth it. Exercise elevates your heart rate, and an elevated heart rate increases blood flow, delivering more oxygen-rich blood to your extremities. It is a safe, low impact way to better health! You should consult with your doctor about how to start a walking routine, because if you have been diagnosed with PAD, it can be unsafe to jump into a strenuous exercise routine.

With regular walking, your circulation will improve over time, as new blood vessels form to provide the body with needed blood. With a regular walking routine, you can expect your PAD to improve significantly over 3-6 months! A good routine would be to set a goal for a 50-minute walk, 3-5 times a week.

Always start your exercise with a few minutes of stretching to warm up muscles. Start out with a nice brisk walk, but if you feel pain, stop and rest and don’t begin again until the pain subsides. Once the pain subsides, begin again, and walk and rest a few more times. Try to increase your walk a few minutes every day, until you’ve reached the 50-minute goal. Once you have established a routine, you should be experiencing much less pain, as your circulation will have improved.

A few other lifestyle changes will also help with managing your PAD. Here are a few:

  • Quit smoking! Nicotine is known to restrict blood vessels
  • Reduce your salt intake. Salt can raise your blood pressure.
  • Reduce your intake of sugar, especially if you are diabetic.
  • Keep your cholesterol in check by eliminating saturated fats from your diet. Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and reduce your intake of processed foods.
  • Take care of your feet by washing them daily, and keep your toenails trimmed to avoid infection. Wear cotton socks and avoid temperature extremes.

If you experience symptoms of PAD, make an appointment with your vascular surgeon, who can make a proper diagnosis for you, and treat your PAD before it progresses.

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May is Stroke Awareness Month

May is Stroke Awareness Month so it’s a good time to brush up on the facts about strokes. Strokes are the 5th leading cause of death in the U.S., and a leading cause of disability. Anyone can experience a stroke, but about ¾ of all strokes occur in people over 65. However, 80% of strokes are preventable.

Do you know the signs of a stroke and what to do if someone is showing symptoms? While each individual may experience different symptoms, there are ones that are the most common. The acronym F.A.S.T. has been developed to assist in remembering what to do in the event of a stroke.

F – Face – One side of the face is drooping. Ask the person to smile. Is their smile uneven or lopsided?

A – Arms – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms, does one arm drift downward?

S – Speech – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask them to repeat a simple sentence.

T – Time – If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if they go away, call 911, and get them to the hospital immediately! Note when the first symptoms appeared.

Time is of the essence when treating a stroke, so acting quickly is crucial! A stroke is a medical emergency and every second counts!

What causes a stroke?

A stroke is caused by blocked blood flow to the brain. When a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot, or ruptures, part of the brain cannot get the oxygen-rich blood it needs, so brain cells die.

There are different types of strokes. An ischemic stroke is caused by a clot obstructing the flow of blood to the brain. Ischemic strokes account for about 87% of strokes.

A hemorrhagic stroke is caused by a blood vessel rupturing and preventing blood flow to the brain. The two types of blood vessels that usually cause hemorrhagic stroke are aneuryms and arteriovenous malformations or AVM’s. The most common cause of hemorrhagic stroke is uncontrolled high blood pressure.

A transient ischemic attack, also known as a TIA or “mini stroke”, is caused by a temporary clot. Since a TIA doesn’t cause permanent damage, it’s often ignored. But TIA’s may be a signal that a full-blown stroke may happen in the future, so help should be sought immediately.

A cryptogenic stroke is a stroke without a known cause. 25% of ischemic strokes are cryptogenic. It can be frustrating not knowing what caused your stroke, but with the help of your physician, and a proper diagnostic work-up, you can help your doctor find the cause of your stroke and help prevent another one from occurring.

A brain stem stroke is complex and can be difficult to diagnose. A person may experience vertigo, a severe loss of balance, and dizziness without experiencing weakness on one side of the body, which is a characteristic of most strokes. All motor control function flows through the brain stem, consequently, a brain stem stroke can impair any or all of these functions. As with all strokes, brain stem strokes produce a wide range of disabilities and recovery. The location of the stroke within the brain stem, the extent of injury and how quickly treatment is administered, will determine whether a survivor has minor or severe deficits.

What are the risk factors for stroke?

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • High cholesterol
  • Heavy drinking
  • A diet high in saturated fat, and salt but low in fiber, fruit and vegetables
  • Lack of regular exercise
  • Obesity

How can I prevent a stroke?

Lower your blood pressure. High blood pressure is the biggest contributor to stroke in both sexes. Monitor your blood pressure and if it is elevated, treating it is one of the most important things you can do for your vascular health.

Lose weight. Obesity and the impact on your health, like diabetes and high blood pressure, increases your odds of having a stroke. Even losing 10lbs, can have a positive effect on your health.

Exercise. Exercise has been proven to be one of the most beneficial things we can do for our overall health.

Drink in moderation. Two or more drinks per day, sharply increases your risk.

Treat arterial fibrillation. Arterial fibrillation carries a five-fold risk of stroke. If you have it, get it treated!

Treat Diabetes. High blood sugar damages blood vessels over time, making clots more likely to form. Keep your blood sugar under control.

Quit smoking. Smoking thickens blood and increases the amount of plaque build-up in your arteries. Quitting smoking is one of the most powerful lifestyle changes that you can make.

Remember the signs of a stroke and what to do if someone is experiencing a stroke, you could save their life!

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Be well!

What is an Arteriovenous Fistula?

An arteriovenous fistula (AV Fistula), is a connection of an artery to a vein that is surgically created by a vascular surgeon. It is one type of vascular access for long term use in hemodialysis, the treatment for kidney failure. An arteriovenous fistula is usually placed in the forearm or upper arm. The fistula creates extra pressure and extra blood flow in the vein, causing it to grow larger and stronger. A vascular access such as an AV fistula, is a lifeline for patients suffering from kidney failure as it makes life-saving hemodialysis treatments possible.

To prepare for your fistula, your veins and arteries will be evaluated to make sure they are healthy enough to support the fistula. Usually this involves a physical examination by your vascular surgeon, and an ultrasound and possibly an angiogram. The results will let your surgeon know the size and depth of your arteries and veins and will determine whether or not your blood vessels are able to support an AV fistula. If you are a candidate, an appointment will be scheduled for its creation.

Your AV fistula creation will most likely be performed under conscious sedation, on an out-patient basis. You will get pre-op instructions before your appointment. Your surgeon will begin by making an incision in your arm, allowing access to the specific veins and arteries chosen for the fistula. He will then make a surgical connection between the artery and the vein. The connection causes increased blood flow to the vein from the artery, as the pressure in an artery is much higher than the pressure in a vein, which results in enlargement of the vein and thickens the vein walls. The enlarged, thickened vein will provide a reliable, and easily accessible access for dialysis. After the fistula has been created, it needs to mature to the point where it can be used for dialysis. This usually takes about three months.

You will be sent home with post procedure instructions, which could include keeping your arm elevated to reduce swelling. You may be prescribed pain medication to manage any post-op pain.

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What is Atherosclerosis?

Atherosclerosis is a disease where plaque, comprised of fat, cholesterol, calcium and other substances found in the blood, builds up inside your arteries. Remember that your arteries carry blood away from your heart to the rest of your body. The narrowing of your arteries caused by atherosclerosis, limits the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your organs and the rest of your body.

Atherosclerosis can affect any artery on the body. This includes the brain, heart, legs, kidneys, pelvis and arms. Different diseases may develop depending on which arteries are affected, and can lead to serious problems.

As vascular surgeons, we treat atherosclerosis that affects the vascular system, including carotid artery disease, peripheral artery disease and the vascular impact of kidney disease.

The carotid arteries are located on either side of your neck. The carotid artery supplies oxygen-rich blood to your brain. If blood flow to your brain is reduced or blocked, you could suffer from a stroke. Screening for carotid artery disease is a quick and painless ultrasound, performed in our ultrasound lab.

Peripheral artery disease can occur in your legs, arms or pelvis. If blood flow to these areas is reduced or blocked, you may experience numbness, pain and sometimes wounds that will not heal, or infections. Again, ultrasound testing is a simple, and painless diagnostic tool. In some cases, further testing may be necessary to confirm location and severity of disease.

Another area of concern are the renal arteries. The renal arteries carry oxygen-rich blood to your kidneys. The main function of your kidneys is to remove waste and extra water from the body. If the renal arteries become narrowed or blocked by atherosclerosis, your kidneys will be unable to function, and you may develop chronic kidney disease.

There are certain factors that are believed to raise your risk for the disease, like smoking, lack of physical activity, an unhealthy diet and family history. Making some life changes, like quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly, may help you avoid atherosclerosis, and live a long and healthy life.

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What is a Vascular Surgeon?

A vascular surgeon is a medical doctor who has completed additional, extensive training in the vascular system and its diseases. The vascular surgeon has expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with vascular disorders and disease. Vascular surgeons focus on the part of the vascular system that includes the arteries, arterioles, veins, venules and capillaries. For example, a vascular surgeon may perform a procedure on the carotid artery in the neck, or they may treat an abdominal aortic aneurysm. They also treat varicose veins, or peripheral arterial disease, which often occurs in the legs and feet. The vascular surgeon does not treat the vessels in the brain or heart.

The vascular surgeon is trained to perform open surgery, as well as endovascular procedures. The vascular surgeon decides which approach is the best approach for his patient, based on physical examination, tests, medical history, risk factors, age, and lifestyle. The vascular surgeon is oftentimes a lifelong partner with his patients, with the goal of improving their quality of life.

What are some of the conditions and diseases that vascular surgeons treat? Vascular diseases and conditions can occur in our arteries, veins and capillaries. Some of these diseases are caused by narrowing of our blood vessels, which can cause lack of blood flow or blockages, and some are caused by aneurysms or “ballooning” of our blood vessels. We also have valves in our legs, and faulty valves can cause varicose veins or peripheral artery disease.

When should you see a vascular surgeon? You may visit a vascular surgeon if your primary care doctor refers you for swelling or pain in your legs. You may also establish a relationship with a vascular surgeon if you have risk factors for vascular disease, such as diabetes, or kidney disease, high blood pressure or if you are a smoker. And sometimes your first encounter with a vascular surgeon, may be because you end up in the hospital.

A vascular surgeon’s goal is to treat vascular diseases, so that patients can lead their best life possible. Lifestyle changes can have positive effects on your health, and your vascular surgeon may offer you advice and counsel you to make changes to improve your health.

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Did you know that March is National Kidney Month?

The kidneys are a very important organ, so important that they have a month dedicated just to them! So, let’s talk about your kidneys! We’ll start with where your kidneys are located and what your kidneys do.

There are two kidneys about the size of a normal fist, located on either side of the spine, at the lowest level of the ribcage. Most of us know that kidneys are responsible for the life sustaining job of filtering waste from our bodies to the tune of about two quarts every 24 hours, in the form of urine. But did you know that the kidneys filter and return to the bloodstream about 198 quarts of fluid every day?! That’s astonishing!

But that’s not all the kidneys do. The kidneys release hormones that regulate your blood pressure and calcium metabolism. They also regulate salt, potassium and acid. Healthy blood pressure is essential, as hypertension contributes to many diseases. The kidneys also play an important role in making vitamin D. The kidneys convert the vitamin D from supplements or the sun, to the active form needed by the body. Kidneys also control the production of red blood cells, without enough red blood cells, we can become anemic.

“Of the 24 million American adults estimated to have kidney disease, most do not know that they have it,” states Dr. Joseph Vassalotti, National Kidney Foundation Chief Medical Officer. That’s why it is vitally important to take care of your kidneys. You should get tested for kidney disease if you have risk factors such as; diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of kidney disease.

There are other simple things we can do to protect our kidneys:

  • Reduce the amount of NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) drugs you take. NSAIDS can harm the kidneys, particularly if you already have kidney disease, and never go over the recommended dosage without consulting your physician.
  • Control blood pressure and diabetes. High blood pressure and diabetes are the leading causes of kidney disease and kidney failure. Managing high blood pressure and diabetes can slow the progression of kidney disease.
  • Cut processed foods. Processed foods contain high amounts of sodium, phosphates and nitrates, which have been linked to kidney disease and cancer.
  • Exercise! It’s not just your heart and vascular system that benefit from regular exercise, your entire body benefits! Regular exercise can help regulate blood pressure and blood sugar, and your kidneys will reap the rewards too!
  • Quit smoking! Smoking damages your heart and vascular system leading to poor blood flow to the kidneys, causing damage over time.

Follow these simple things and start protecting your kidneys.

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