I just wanted to share a little information that I recently received. I know I see posts every week from CKD patients whose doctors are putting them on some new medication for their high BP. They question whether it is the right one for them, or if they should take it at all. All of us with CKD have problems with high BP. I think it goes with the territory. If you question your BP meds or if your BP is high now......PLEASE call or see your doctor NOW. Not only does high BP put pressure on your kidneys, but also on your heart!!
I am 19 years post transplant and recently started having problems with edema in my feet and ankles. Since my creatinine is stable and doing great, my nephrologist sent me for an echocardiogram. So my doctor explained the results that my heart is mildly enlarged with a lot of scarring. I asked him what caused the scarring......thinking maybe it's because I am getting older? He told me the scarring & enlarged heart was caused by the high BP I had prior to my transplant. So, even though I really did not have out-of-control high BP for very long until I got put on medication that brought things under control, I still have scarring of my heart. Now they want to repeat the ECHO in 6 months and then once a year. What am I trying to say? Get your BP under control and keep it under control!! If your have questions about your BP and or your medications, please ask your doctor. You never how things will affect your future!