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The heart pumps blood filled with oxygen through all parts of your body, including the kidneys. The kidneys clean the blood, removing waste products and extra water. Without the kidneys, your blood would have too much waste and water. Without the heart, your kidneys would not have the oxygen filled blood needed to do its many important jobs. Without the help of your kidneys, the heart would be working too hard or would not function at all. A healthy functioning cardiovascular system is important for your kidneys to their job.

What is the connection between heart disease and kidney disease?
Researchers have been working to understand the clear relationship between kidney disease and heart disease. When your heart or kidneys cannot function normally, it can lead to cardiovascular disease (heart disease) or kidney disease. It is important to know that having kidney disease can directly affect your chances of developing heart disease. Having heart disease can directly affect your chances of developing kidney disease. In fact, kidney disease and heart disease share many of the same risk factors, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

How can you keep my heart and kidneys healthy?
These tips can help keep your kidney and heart health on track. You should always speak with your healthcare provider before making any changes to your diet and lifestyle.

  • Regular physical activity
  • Lose weight, if you need to
  • Eat less fat
  • Keep your blood pressure, blood sugar, and blood fats under control
  • Stop smoking
  • Reduce stress

A good way to keep the heart and kidney connection in mind is to remember, what is good for your kidneys is good for your heart. Keeping up the health of your heart is good for the health of your kidneys.

What if you already have kidney disease?
People with kidney disease or kidney failure are at risk for heart disease. Working with your healthcare provider and dietician will help you find a lifestyle that can lower your chances of getting heart disease or help keep heart disease from getting worse.

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