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High Blood Pressure After Kidney Transplant: What Can I Do

Provided by Expert Zhang Youkang on 2014-01-04 03:03

High Blood Pressure After Kidney Transplant: What Can I DoThough a kidney transplant can be a lifesaver, complications can occur, such as infections, rejection, diabetes mellitus and high blood pressure. Here is some information about the high blood pressure after kidney transplant. Hope it can help you.

What causes high blood pressure after kidney transplant?

-Some immunosuppressants can raise blood pressure, such as corticosteroids. These drugs can block T-cell communication. They are usually given at high doses of short period immediately after the transplant and again if rejection is suspected. But they have many side effects, one of which is high blood pressure.

-It is quite possible that your kidney disease relapses even after kidney transplant. Kidney can excrete prostaglandin and renin to control blood pressure. Once it is damaged, blood pressure is likely to increase.

Treatment to high blood pressure after kidney transplant

-You have to take additional medications to control blood pressure. The common hypotensive drugs are ACE inhibitors, ARB and so on.

-A diuretic may also be prescribed to lower blood pressure, increase urine output, and remove extra fluid.

-You can also take some natural herbs instead of corticosteroids to lessen the side effects.

-Some of the Traditional Chinese Medicines have the function of lowering blood pressure, such as eucommia, uncaria, hawthorn, semen plantaginis, semen cassiae, etc.

-A low-sodium diet also plays an important role in lowering blood pressure.

Untreated high blood pressure may damage your heart and other organs. It is also a risk factor for kidney rejection. Therefore, it is necessary for you to take and record your own blood pressure daily. If your blood pressure raises, notify a member of the transplant team. In fact, kidney transplant is not the only treatment to kidney failure. With the help the online doctors, you can acquire more knowledge of the alternative treatments to kidney transplant.

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