- heart and blood vessel disease
- glomerulonephritis, a disease that causes inflammation in the kidneys
- inherited diseases, like polycystic kidney disease, which causes cysts to form in the kidneys
K Gay. Purcell, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
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What is chronic kidney disease?
National Kidney Foundation answeredChronic kidney disease (CKD) is a condition that damages your kidneys. It decreases your kidneys’ ability to filter your blood and keep you healthy. The two main causes of CKD are diabetes and high blood pressure. Diabetes occurs when your blood sugar is too high, causing damage to many organs in your body, including the kidneys and heart, as well as blood vessels, eyes and nerves. High blood pressure, or hypertension, occurs when the pressure of blood against the walls of your blood vessels increases. If uncontrolled, or poorly controlled, high blood pressure can be a leading cause of CKD, heart attacks and strokes. CKD can also cause high blood pressure. Many other conditions can harm the kidneys. These include:
Can chocolate reduce my risk for coronary heart disease?
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
Some studies suggest dark chocolate can lower blood pressure and improve blood flow through the arteries, reducing the risk of coronary heart disease. These benefits are due to the presence of flavanoids, found in cocoa beans. Flavanoids are similar to antioxidants; they reduce inflammation and repair cell damage. Most chocolate, however, primarily contains saturated fat and processed sugar, two ingredients that are more harmful than healthy for the heart. And not all chocolate is created equal: only dark chocolate contains enough flavanoids to have potential health benefits. Further research is necessary to determine whether chocolate can reduce the risk for coronary heart disease.
What is Cardiotendonus Xanthomatosis?
Discovery Health answeredYou've been diagnosed with WHAT? Can you pronounce it? Where do they get these disease names? What do they mean? Dr. John Whyte explains in this Discovery Health video.
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