During National Kidney Month, Fresenius Medical Care Calls Attention to High Blood Pressure as a Leading Cause of Kidney

  During National Kidney Month, Fresenius Medical Care Calls Attention to High
  Blood Pressure as a Leading Cause of Kidney Disease

Controlling Blood Pressure Can Slow the Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease

Business Wire

WALTHAM, Mass. -- March 14, 2013

With high blood pressure now the second most common cause of chronic kidney
disease (CKD) in the United States (behind only diabetes), Fresenius Medical
Care North America (FMCNA) wants people to know that controlling their blood
pressure can slow the progression of CKD, and help prevent heart disease and
strokes in those who are on dialysis.

This March during National Kidney Month, FMCNA, the nation’s leading network
of dialysis facilities, is raising awareness about the widespread problem of
high blood pressure, or hypertension, especially if left untreated. FMCNA also
is calling attention to the benefits of healthy eating and physical activity
for dialysis patients and those with hypertension by sponsoring a tour by Chef
Aaron McCargo, Jr. and his kidney-friendly “flavor of bold” recipes. For more
information about FMCNA’s National Kidney Month recipes and activities, visit
www.ultracare-dialysis.com/kidneymonth.

High blood pressure affects nearly one in three Americans, although many
people don’t realize they have it because of its lack of signs or symptoms.
Typically the result of hardened blood vessels or too much fluid in the blood,
high blood pressure causes the heart to work harder. Over time, it increases
the risk of heart disease and stroke and can damage blood vessels throughout
the body, including those used by the kidneys to remove waste and extra fluid.
The resulting kidney damage can lead to CKD and eventually kidney failure,
which may be treated with renal transplant or dialysis.

“Every year high blood pressure causes more than 32,000 new U.S. cases of
kidney failure,” says Dr. Dugan W. Maddux, vice president of chronic kidney
disease initiatives  at FMCNA. “Fortunately, high blood pressure can be
treated through medication, nutrition, physical activity and lifestyle
changes. Awareness is critical if we are to reduce kidney failure due to
hypertension.”

             Tips for Dialysis Patients with High Blood Pressure

FMCNA recommends that people have their blood pressure tested. Dialysis
patients with high blood pressure should work with their doctor and dialysis
care team to develop a treatment plan, which may include:

• Consuming less sodium (salt).

• Eating renal-friendly meals high in protein, and low in sugar, potassium and
phosphorus.

• Exercising for 30 minutes or more at least three times a week.

• Quitting smoking, if you are a smoker.

• Losing weight, if you are overweight.

• Taking blood pressure medication, if prescribed.

Dialysis is a life-sustaining process that cleans waste products and removes
extra fluids from a person’s blood when CKD leads to kidney failure. For more
information about dialysis facilities near you, call toll free at
1-888-325-5175.

FMCNA is helping dialysis patients achieve better health outcomes through
initiatives such as its “Strong Bones, Healthy Heart” program. It aims to
improve patients’ bone and mineral metabolism, as well as blood pressure
levels, by encouraging them to actively participate in developing and
following meal, medication and treatment plans in close coordination with
their families, physicians and dialysis staff.

About Fresenius Medical Care North America
Through our leading network of more than 2,100 dialysis facilities in North
America and our vascular access centers, laboratory, pharmacy and affiliated
hospitals and nephrology practices, Fresenius Medical Care provides renal
services to hundreds of thousands of people throughout the United States,
Mexico and Canada. We are also the continent’s top producer of dialysis
equipment, dialyzers and related disposable products and a major supplier of
renal pharmaceuticals.

For more information about the company, visit www.fmcna.com; for information
about patient services, visit www.ultracare-dialysis.com.

Contact:

Media contact:
Full & By
Jaclyn Petros, 1-617-638-0022 / voice
petrosj@fullandby.co
or
Company contact:
Fresenius Medical Care
Rosemary Heinold, 1-781-699-4171 / voice
rosemary.heinold@fmc-na.com
 
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