• Renal (Kidney) Artery Disease

    Renal (Kidney) Artery Disease

    Just as cardiovascular disease has the potential to restrict or block arteries to the heart and limbs, so can it reduce blood flow to the kidneys. If untreated, renal (kidney) artery disease can greatly increase the risk of high blood pressure and kidney failure.

  • Heart and Vascular Disease

    Renal (Kidney) Artery Disease

    Renal (kidney) artery disease (RAS) is one way that cardiovascular disease affects the cardiovascular system—the system that distributes blood throughout your body. When fatty deposits called plaque buildup in the arteries that supply blood throughout the body, it is called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis can eventually narrow and block the arteries, restricting or blocking the flow of the blood. When atherosclerosis clogs up the arteries leading to the kidneys (the renal arteries), it causes RAS.

    What is Cardiovascular Disease?

    Cardiovascular disease refers to a broad range of diseases that cause narrowing of the blood vessels or weaken the artery walls, resulting in disruptions in efficient blood flow. Included under the broad umbrella of cardiovascular disease are coronary artery disease, heart attack, stroke, peripheral artery disease (PAD), renal (kidney) artery disease, heart failure and high blood pressure. While these conditions may affect different parts of the body, they often share the same underlying cause: atherosclerosis (pronounced ath-row-sklee-rosis), or “hardening” of the arteries.

    Blockages to the Kidneys

    You may be caught by surprise if your doctor says you have blockages in the vessels that supply blood to your kidneys – vessels known as the renal (pronounced REE-nul) arteries. Like most people with this condition, you may not have any symptoms.

    Symptoms of Renal (Kidney) Artery Disease

    You can have renal (kidney) artery disease (RAS) without having any symptoms, so it is very important to be aware of the risk factors that can cause RAS. Based on your medical history, physical exam, blood test, and other factors you and your doctor may decide that you should be tested for RAS.
  • Treatment and Prevention

    Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

    Diabetes and cardiovascular disease often go hand-in-hand. Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke than people without diabetes. In fact, about 68 percent of people with diabetes die of heart disease or stroke—one more factor that makes cardiovascular disease the most common cause of death in both men and women.

    Stop Smoking - RAD

    Smoking is a primary risk factor for renal artery disease. It speeds up the buildup of plaque inside your arteries, causes blood vessels to constrict, or tighten, and contributes to clotting.

    Treatments for Renal Artery Disease

    The earlier renal artery disease is diagnosed and the sooner treatment begins, the better your prospects for slowing its progress and avoiding high blood pressure and kidney failure.