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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What does phosphorous have to do with kidney disease?
National Kidney Foundation answeredPhosphorous is important for bone development and muscle function. In people with kidney disease, it can build up in the bloodstream. Learn more about how to manage your phosphorous in this video from the National Kidney Foundation.
What is renal (kidney) artery disease?
“Renal” is another word for kidney, and “renal artery disease” refers to blockages in the arteries that supply blood to your kidneys. Renal artery disease can be made worse by high blood pressure and other atherosclerotic risk factors. In some cases, renal artery disease can be a cause of high blood pressure. In severe cases, it can also lead to kidney failure. About 5 percent of all patients with high blood pressure have blockages in the renal arteries, and at least 30 percent of patients who have blockages in other arteries also have blockages in their renal arteries.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
Besides LDL cholesterol, what factors determine my risk of heart disease?
In addition to high levels of LDL cholesterol there are several other risk factors that determine a person's risk of heart disease. They can be divided into those we can do something about such as high blood pressure, diabetes, being overweight and cigarette smoking and those we cannot change such as getting older and having a family history of heart disease. So to stay heart healthy we need to identify and treat those risk factors that we can do something about. Seeing your doctor on a regular basis and living a heart healthy lifestyle by eating healthy and exercising regularly will go a long way to reduce your heart disease risk.
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