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High Blood Pressure and Kidney Disease Go Hand in Hand

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Mar 24, 2014 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers and Sean Elliott discuss the connection between high blood pressure and kidney disease.


​DR. RODGERS:  Did you know that having high blood pressure puts you at a greater risk for kidney disease?

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

Here’s what Sean Elliott, a retired NBA champion, has to say about high blood pressure and his battle with kidney disease:

MR. ELLIOTT: “I don’t have a family history of kidney disease, but doctor, I want people to understand one thing about my kidney disease. For years I had high blood pressure, and it was undiagnosed . . . I can go back as far as I can remember to my first physicals, when I was a kid in high school, and I had high blood pressure . . . When I started to look into kidney disease, it became very clear that high blood pressure and kidney disease go hand in hand.” 

DR. RODGERS:  So, take a tip from Sean. If you have high blood pressure, get tested for kidney disease.

For more tips, follow us on Twitter @HealthyMoments​. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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