The effects of hypertension on the kidneys.

Q: Can you simplify for me what is the effect of long term hypertension on my kidneys. I am now being referred to a nephrologist as a result of my hypertension. Thank you

A: Long term high blood pressure can cause your kidneys stop working. High blood pressure damages blood vessels. When the blood vessels to the kidney are damaged enough, the kidney is unable to eliminate waste from the body effectively. To learn more about kidney failure from high blood pressure go to this page at the site for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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