Heavy or long-term use of certain analgesics, such as ibuprofen, naproxen and higher-dose aspirin, can cause chronic kidney disease known as chronic interstitial nephritis. The warning labels on over-the-counter analgesics tell you not to use these medicines for more than 10 days for pain and more than three days for fever. If you have pain and/or fever for a longer time, you should see your doctor. The doctor can check for possible medical problems and advise you about what medications you should take. If you have kidney disase, check with your doctor to be sure you can use analgesics safely.
Anthony T. Scardella, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
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New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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How are heart and kidney disease similar?
Diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis) cause damage to both the heart and kidneys. So if you have heart disease, then it is likely that you have kidney disease and vice versa. Many people don’t experience severe symptoms until their kidney or heart disease is quite advanced, but there are some warning signs
What is left ventricular hypertrophy?
SCAI answeredHypertrophy is a medical term that means “too much growth because of increased size of cells.” In this case, it refers to excessive thickening of the wall of the lower left chamber of the heart (the left ventricle). As blood travels through the heart, the left ventricle is the last stop before circulating out through the heart’s aortic valve to reach the aorta, which then carries the oxygenated blood to the body.
Left ventricular hypertrophy can be a complication that develops from untreated moderate-to-severe aortic valve stenosis. Aortic valve stenosis is an abnormality that can be present at birth, or acquired later in life, in which the opening of the aortic valve is too narrow and limits blood flow. With moderate or severe narrowing of the valve opening, the heart’s left ventricle must work extra hard to pump blood. This extra work causes the left ventricle to thicken more than it should. Left ventricular hypertrophy can also be cause by abnormal thickening of the muscle cells, such as in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or uncontrolled hypertension.
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