When someone has renal vascular disease, their blood isn’t flowing normally to and from the kidneys. This can cause health complications including high blood pressure, kidney damage, and kidney failure.
Renal vascular disease involves the hormone renin, which raises blood pressure. When you have decreased blood flow to the kidneys due to renal vascular disease, you may have too much renin in the blood which results in excessively high blood pressure.
Renal vascular disease is related to the following conditions:
A person with renal vascular disease may experience a wide array of symptoms, depending on how it is affecting their body. Any of the following symptoms can be an indicator of renal vascular disease:
It is important to note that some people with renal vascular disease have no symptoms. These patients are often diagnosed through routine medical screenings and checkups.
Your doctor at NOVA Vascular Specialists will work with your general practitioner or other doctors to create a complete health history. In addition to doing a physical exam, your doctor may perform tests including:
Treatment for renal vascular disease depends on how your body has been affected by the disease. Treatment may include:
In some cases, an approach of careful watching and waiting may be recommended by your doctor. Your doctor may also recommend lifestyle changes, like diet changes, avoiding foods high in fat and salt, and increasing moderate exercise.
Certain people are at a higher risk of renal vascular disease due to a combination of genetic and lifestyle factors. These factors include:
With care from a vascular specialist or surgeon, you can limit further damage to the kidneys. Vascular care helps prevent permanent damage and preserves your body-wide health.
Remember, renal vascular disease can occur with no symptoms or an array of symptoms that are similar to other conditions. For a proper diagnosis, schedule a consultation with NOVA Vascular Specialists.
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