High Blood Pressure: Another Headache for People with PKD

Usually, PKD is closely associated with high blood pressure. Hypertension occurs in approximately 40% of PKD patients by the time they are in their twenties. It attacks 50% to 70% of cases before any significant reduction in glomerular filtration rate within an average age onset of 30 years of age. How and why high blood pressure would appear in people with Polycystic Kidney Disease? Read on to find your answers.

What is Polycystic Kidney Disease?

PKD is the abbreviation of Polycystic Kidney Disease, also known as polycystic renal disease. It is one of the most common life-threatening genetic disorders, in which the clusters of cysts develop in the kidneys. The cysts are full of sac. Those cysts can grow large enough to cause Chronic Renal Failure in the long run. Serious consequences of the disease are that it affects not just kidneys but also other organs. The disease can cause those clusters of cysts to grow in the liver or even elsewhere.

Why and how PKD cause High blood pressure?

The high blood pressure caused by PKD is due to the clusters of cysts oppress the normal renal tissues, and then result in the renal anoxia, ischemia and renal hypoperfusion. Long-term oppression from the cysts leads to renal ischemia, just as I said before, and gives rise to the increase of renin. Increased renin angiotensin and therefore accounts for the shrink of blood vessels in kidneys. High blood pressure occurs as a result of all those chain reactions. What’s worse, the large amount of renin and angiotension aggravate the hypertension the other way round.

How to treat?

However, hypertension is just one of the common symptoms of Polycystic Kidney Disease. Dealing with elevated blood pressure should not be the ultimate goal, but only secondary to the bigger picture—which is to treat PKD in the first place.

In the view of treatments for Polycystic Kidney Disease, many current treatments such as ACE inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers, those drugs remain the most recommended drugs to treat hypertension in patients with PKD. However, things change in people whose medical condition has already progressed to ESRD (end-stage renal disease), those medications may aggravate the illness condition and elevate the serum creatinine levels. Well, what should we do now? Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy can do the job well. The wonderful place of this very treatment is good at not only lowering the high blood pressure, but also work for shrinking the cysts. Besides, it accelerates one’s blood circulation. As the blood flow is speeded up, the pressure around the tissues from the cysts will reduce accordingly. The nearby renal cysts’ pressure will force the cyst fluids permeating into the blood. Consequently, the fluids of cysts absorbed by the cysts’ wall or removed from the blood stream, and then the cysts shrink in the end.

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