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What Is the Life Span of People with Kidney and Heart Failure

2013-01-02 11:59

Heart failure is a one of serious complication of kidney failure. It is also a significant death cause for the patients. What is the life span of people with both kidney failure and heart failure?

It is hard to answer to this question. The life span varies with individual as it is affected by variables. However, if they can manage the following conditions, the will be able to enjoy a longer life span.

Control high blood pressure

As your kidneys gradually lose their ability to function well, they lose capacity to remove extra fluids and minerals from your blood, thus elevating blood pressure and damage the heart in the long turn. What’s more, high blood pressure can damage blood vessels in kidneys further. Controlling high blood pressure can benefit to both kidneys and heart.

Lipid metabolism disorder

Lipid metabolism disorder is a risk factor in worsening renal function and increasing risk of heart failure. High levels of LDL and low levels of HDL cholesterol should be reversed.


In kidney failure, the failed kidneys produce less erythropoietin (EPO) which can stimulate the production of red blood cells, thus leading to anemia. As red blood cells can distribute oxygen to kidney tissues and cells, less oxygen supply to heart tissues can affect heart function. Management of anemia can reduce the risk of heart failure effectively, thus prolong their life span.

Quit smoking

Nicotine in cigarette can harden blood vessels throughout the body. Thereby, it can increase more damage to heart and kidneys. Smoking can shorten the life span of both healthy and patients with kidney and heart failure significantly. Quit smoking is a wise choice for the patients.

As heart failure results from kidney failure, controlling kidney problem can reduce strain on heart effectively. Therefore, the primary goal of the treatment should be treating kidney failure effectively.

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