This blog outlines Hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, a medical condition characterized by elevated arterial pressure. It is often called the “silent killer” due to its asymptomatic nature, causing gradual damage to vital organs.
The blog specifically explores the vulnerability of kidneys, essential for overall health, to hypertension’s effects. Consistently high blood pressure can damage the blood vessels within the kidneys, hindering their ability to filter waste and excess fluids.
As kidneys grapple with hypertension, they may experience a progressive decline in function, potentially leading to chronic kidney disease (CKD), a serious and irreversible condition. The passive voice emphasizes the ongoing, gradual nature of the damage.
In advanced stages of CKD, when kidneys can no longer perform essential functions, dialysis becomes a necessary medical intervention. This artificial filtration process becomes crucial for sustaining life, emphasizing the patient’s reliance on it.
Dialysis, a life-sustaining treatment, artificially cleanses blood of waste products and excess fluids. Hemodialysis employs a machine, while peritoneal dialysis uses the patient’s peritoneum as a natural filter. Both methods are passive, requiring regular sessions to sustain life.
In summary, the blog discusses how hypertension silently damages kidneys, leading to chronic kidney disease. When renal function reaches a critical point, dialysis, a crucial yet passive intervention, becomes necessary for managing the consequences of advanced kidney disease.
Consider a routine visit to the doctor when you need to discuss a matter. You may have to leave work, drive to your physician’s office, and find a parking space. Waiting in a crowded room with sick patients is not how you want to spend your time, especially when all you need is to ask a question or discuss your concerns. You sign in, rush to the waiting room and wait in the waiting room with a large TV. Then proceed to wait again in the exam room. By the time the doctor comes in and out, you may realize that many of your questions have gone unanswered. All in all, you’ve spent 2-3 hours of your time for a quick 5-minute visit with a nephrologist who may have seemed distracted.