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Kidney Failure​

Hypertensive Nephrosclerosis

Blood pressure is the force of the blood as it flows through the blood vessels and the heart. Hypertension or high blood pressure is defined as blood pressure consistently exceeding 140/90mmHg when the person is at rest. Factors that can cause high blood pressure are having extra fluid in the blood and blood vessels that are narrow, stiff, or clogged.

High blood pressure can damage blood vessels in the kidneys, reducing their ability to work properly. They may then be unable to remove waste and extra fluid from the body. Extra fluid in the blood vessels may further increase blood pressure even more, creating a vicious cycle that could damage the kidneys.

1 in 4 Singaporean has hypertension. Hypertension can be broadly divided into two types: In essential Hypertension (95% of all cases of Hypertension), strong genetic and environmental factors lead to Hypertension. In secondary Hypertension (5% of all cases of HBP), an identifiable cause exists such as kidney disease, endocrine disorder and drugs intake.

The kidney has a major role in the maintenance of blood pressure. Kidney disease may affect the functions of the kidneys to the point that impairs this, resulting in the increase of blood pressure. Vice-versa, hypertension can lead to kidney failure or worsen existing kidney diseases. If uncontrolled, the progression to kidney failure is much quicker.

Signs & Symptoms

Headache

Giddiness

Lethargy

Neck discomfort

Nausea and vomiting

Other Common Kidney Diseases

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The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) strives to be an advocate and integrator for kidney health and holistic care for the community by the community. While supporting kidney failure patients with quality dialysis treatment and integrated care, its greater mission lies in preventing or delaying kidney failure through kidney health education with deeper integration into the community and strategic collaborative partnerships.
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