Features March 2011 Issue

Encouraging Developments in Maintaining Heart and Kidney Health

One recent study finds a cholesterol-lowering drug is beneficial for patients with kidney disease, while another shows how kidney nerve ablation helps lower blood pressure.

Your heart relies on your kidneys to help filter waste materials from your blood and maintain fluid and chemical levels for optimal blood pressure. And like all organs, your kidneys need a strong heart to keep pumping oxygenated and nutrient-filled blood to them to remain healthy and functional. Even though your renal and cardiovascular systems are so inter-dependent, patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), the slow loss of kidney function over time, have historically not been represented in cardiovascular clinical trials.

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