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Keep Your Heart Healthy on Dialysis




Heart disease is common in people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and is the leading cause of death for all people with CKD. The increased risk is related to kidney disease and other health problems, like diabetes and high blood pressure. It is very important for dialysis patients to follow steps to help prevent heart and blood vessel problems.

Some steps to lowering your risk of heart disease include the following:

  • Control health problems, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
  • Follow a heart healthy diet.
  • Reduce high cholesterol levels.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Treat anemia.
  • Maintain emotional well-being.

If you  have questions about heart disease and your risk, speak to your physician. Your doctor and other members of your health care team will work with you to develop a care plan that meets your needs.

To learn more, visit NKF’s Take Steps to Keep Your Heart Healthy on Dialysis.