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World kidney day urges us to keep the pressure down
12 March 2009 is World Kidney Day, and this year the Kidney Alliance is urging people to know their blood pressure numbers to ensure their kidneys stay in good health.
It is estimated that 10% of adults have some form of kidney damage. If kidney disease is severe enough it can lead to serious health problems. But the biggest health risk to people with kidney disease is not kidney failure – it is problems that affect the heart and blood vessels, including heart attack and stroke.
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for kidney disease, and kidney damage can in turn raise your blood pressure. By keeping you blood pressure numbers at healthy levels, you will be helping to keep your kidneys in good health, as well as lowering your risk of heart disease and stroke.
For more information about World Kidney day, go to www.worldkidneyday.org. For more information about high blood pressure and kidney disease, click on the links below.
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