Monthly Archives: February 2015

Know the close relationship between the kidneys and heart

11% of adults in the world suffer from kidney disease, which makes them vulnerable to cardiovascular disease, because they are absolutely linked. Here we explain this complex relationship and we give the keys to preventing their occurrence.

Not many know of the direct relationship between heart function and renal system.

And we start explaining it this way: First, the kidneys are responsible for filtering the whole blood circulatory system, “cleaning” daily about 200 liters of it and eliminating waste through urine and other excess water. On the other, the heart is the main organ of the circulatory system responsible for mechanical pump all the blood through our body and especially to the kidneys. This is how the two bodies are closely related.

Associated Diseases

The kidney failure or heart, can generate various diseases, but when a disease begins in the kidney, the patient presented, in 95% of cases, hypertension and cardiovascular disease by 85%. The most common kidney diseases that damage the cardiovascular system are diabetes mellitus and hypertension. “Any kidney disease increases the cardiovascular risk of patients due to increased atherogenesis and hypertension,” said the nephrologist.

Moreover, it is estimated that the prevalence of renal disease in Chile is approximately 11% in the adult population. From early renal damage is associated with a progressive increase in arterial hypertension, left ventricular hypertrophy, heart failure and coronary artery disease.