Finding out if kidneys are causing high blood pressure.

Q: As the kidneys help control blood pressure what medical checks would you suggest to find out if there is a kidney problem.

A: Prior to starting treatment for high blood pressure, it is considered standard of care to get some simple tests that look at kidney function. Recommended testing includes a urinalysis, a blood potassium level, and a blood creatinine level or estimated glomerular filtration rate. To read more about kidney tests go to this page:

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