Kidney Failure


Lt Col Reynolds
Untreated hypertension can cause severe damage to the kidneys. Dr. Patel, can you tell us how blood pressure affects the kidneys?

Dr. Patel
Over time, high blood pressure causes damage to the arterioles, which can obstruct the flow of blood to the kidneys. Eventually, the kidneys lose the ability to filter waste and cleanse the blood.

In the early stages of kidney failure, a patient may feel extremely tired, lose their appetite, and feel nauseated. If hypertension goes untreated for a prolonged period of time, the kidneys may fail altogether. When this happens, dialysis or a kidney transplant may be needed.

For more information about kidney failure and its treatment, check with your provider.