Mary K. O'Dowd, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
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224 S Woods Mill Rd Ste 730
Chesterfield, MO 63017
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How can a low-sodium diet help me if I have kidney disease?
A change to a low-sodium diet can slow the progression of kidney disease by lowering blood pressure, helping blood pressure medications work more effectively and also lowering protein spillage in the urine. Limiting your salt intake can also improve uncomfortable symptoms, such as swelling of the legs and ankles. A low-sodium diet not only is essential if you have kidney disease, but it can reduce your risk of other serious complications, such as stroke, heart failure and aneurysm.
What is cardiovascular disease (CVD)?
Eric Olsen, Fitness, answeredCardiovascular diseases encompass diseases of the heart and blood vessels, and all of these related diseases are characterized by the same deleterious changes. These include changes in the blood that lead to an increased risk of blood clots in the arteries, a weakening of the heart muscle and loss of ability to pump blood efficiently, loss of elasticity in the walls of the blood vessels, and most significant, narrowing of the arteries caused by atherosclerosis -- a buildup of fatty deposits called plaque.
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What is coronary artery disease (CAD)?
Coronary arteries are blood vessels that surround the heart. They supply the heart muscle with the blood it needs to pump effectively. Coronary artery disease occurs when the coronary arteries become narrowed or blocked. The blood flow to the heart muscle then slows or stops. This can cause a heart attack.
You might also hear coronary artery disease referred to as:
- Coronary or ischemic heart disease
- Hardening of the arteries
Complications of coronary artery disease include:
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- Angina. Chest pain and discomfort
- Arrhythmia. Problems with the speed and rhythm of the heart
- Heart failure. Weakening of the heart muscle
- Heart attack. Damage to or death of heart muscle