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Nephrologists: The Hypertension Experts

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a difficult problem to treat. Usually hypertension develops later in life and requires treatment with dietary changes, exercise, weight control, and sometimes medications. Uncontrolled hypertension can have serious consequences, including stroke, heart attacks, peripheral vascular disease, blindness, and even kidney failure. However, there are times when high blood pressure can be associated with other diseases that need to be diagnosed and treated.

Treating high blood pressure is challenging, and may in some cases have a secondary cause. Nephrologists are hypertension experts, trained in the evaluation and treatment of high blood pressure.

Secondary causes of hypertension

  • underlying kidney disease
  • obesity
  • sleep apnea
  • uncontrolled diabetes
  • hormonal disorders (thyroid glands, adrenal glands)
  • kidney artery disease

If your primary care doctor is treating you with 3 or more medications for blood pressure, and your blood pressure still is running high, then you may need to see a nephrologist to help identify the cause of your hypertension, and to help treat it in order to get it under better control.

Pentucket Medical offers Nephrology services in the following locations.

8 Risk Factors for CKD

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a silent disease, generally without any symptoms, so it is often difficult to know if you indeed have it. Risk factors for CKD include :

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of kidney disease
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Frequent urinary infections or history of frequent kidney infections (pyelonephritis)
  • History of certain types of chemotherapy
  • History of frequent kidney stones

If you have any of these risk factors, talk to your doctor about getting screened. Your doctor should test you for CKD with blood and urine tests.

To learn more about Chronic Kidney Disease and treatments, see last week’s blog from Dr. Josh Tarkan.

To make an appointment with Pentucket Medical Nephrology in Haverhill or Newburyport, call 888-227-3762.