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Forum Name: Hypertension

Question: High Blood Pressure and Kidney Infection


 natman - Wed Jul 14, 2004 6:16 am

My Wife who is only 24 has recently been placed on medication for high blood pressure and now also has a kidney infection which I presume are connected.
She also suffers with tiredness and headaches.

Her father died of a heart attack aged just 26 and so of course we are a little worried especially as the doctors don't seem too bothered at all by any of this.

The high blood pressure starterd in her pregnancy and has remained high ever since.



What should we be asking the doctors?
Any ideas of what may be the cause?

Should we be concerned for our 22 month old son?

Any information would be much appreciated.

Thanks
 R. Zein, Pharm D - Wed Jul 27, 2005 12:01 pm

User avatar kidneys play a major role in maintaining sodium and water in our bodies, and as you know , many times, patients whose kidneys fail, might be hypertensives. at the same time, hypertension , if left untreated, might lead to renal failure.

therefore, it is not uncommon to see hypertension and kidey disease in one patient.

the fact that your wife had a kidney infection, does not necessary mean that she has a renal disease. There are many other causes for urinary tract infection, and they seem to be very common in women in general, due to their short urethra.

Since i do not have any information regarding your wife's stage of hypertension (mild or severe), and what antihypertensive drug is she on, it is always good to check back with your doctor , and address your major concerns, having had a family history heart disease. thank you.
 nursemartin - Sun Oct 16, 2005 12:21 pm

Since blood pressure drives the kidney's function, the hypertension, in your wife's case can cause several things to dysfuntion in the renal system. Kidneys filter and maintain the bodies eletrolytes, such as sodium, and can further exasterbate hypertension if they are not funtioning properally. The kidneys regulate the balance of salt and water in the body, and if there is excess sodium, further causing the blood pressure to go up b/c of fluid retention. Your wife needs to have her kidney infection treated. As far as her increased fatigue, that is one of many sypmtoms of hypertension, and could also be an effect of the medication she is taking. Your wife should also consider a low saturated fat, low salt, low cholesterol diet to not further enhance her hypertension, and eventually lead her to coronary artery disease or other problem related to her hypertension.

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