Your vital organs are linked in ways that may not seem obvious at first glance. One example of this is the relationship between the heart and the kidneys, which work very closely together even though they are in separate areas of the body. We’re answering some the most-asked questions when it comes to understanding the relationship between these two important organs.
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What is the relationship between the heart and the kidneys?
Your kidneys and heart work together to help remove fluids from the body. The heart must effectively pump blood to the kidneys, which then makes urine to help keep the body in fluid balance.
How does heart failure affect your kidney health?
If the heart is a weak pump (heart failure), then the kidneys will be less able to do their job of removing extra fluid from the body. In addition, if the kidneys are not strong, then this can contribute to the inability to remove fluid, which can then cause a strain on the heart.
Can it be treated?
Therapies aimed at helping the heart work better, such as the use of beta blockers, angiotensin receptor blockers or ACE inhibitors, can usually help. When necessary, diuretics are also used to help get rid of excess fluid. In severe cases, doctors sometimes have to employ the use of dialysis in order to remove excess fluid.
How do you reduce your risk?
Reduction of risk mainly revolves around the control of hypertension, diabetes and coronary artery disease along with treating obesity. Regular exercise along with dietary modification is critical in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.