5 Things You Need to Know About Anemia and High Blood Pressure

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Anemia and high blood pressure sometimes go hand in hand in people with kidney failure who are on dialysis. Dialysis, although necessary for a kidney patient's survival, carries certain complications. Healthy kidneys produce the hormone erythropoietin which stimulates the production of red blood cells. Lack of this hormone from a healthy kidney often produces anemia in dialysis patients. High blood pressure is a leading cause of kidney failure. Too much fluid or sodium in kidney patients on dialysis makes high blood pressure even worse. This takes a toll on the remaining kidney function.

Anemia and high blood pressure sometimes go hand in hand in people with kidney failure who are on dialysis. Dialysis, although necessary for a kidney patient's survival, carries certain complications. Healthy kidneys produce the hormone erythropoietin which stimulates the production of red blood cells. Lack of this hormone from a healthy kidney often produces anemia in dialysis patients. High blood pressure is a leading cause of kidney failure. Too much fluid or sodium in kidney patients on dialysis makes high blood pressure even worse. This takes a toll on the remaining kidney function.

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