25 Sep '11, 5am

Kidney damage high blood pressure linked | Health | The Earth Times

Kidney damage high blood pressure linked | Health | The Earth Times

Up to one-third of American adults suffer from some form of high blood pressure (hypertension), according to estimates by the U. S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The costs associated with the condition are staggering, estimated to have reached more than $76 billion last year alone. Often, hypertension is linked to fluid retention and excess salt. Scientists attending an international symposium sponsored by the American Physiological Society this week, in Pacific Grove, California, learned new information about the links among kidney disease, fluid and salt retention, and hypertension. The kidneys filter 150 to 200 quarts of blood daily, and play a central role in blood pressure regulation due to this filtration activity. Individual filtration units, called nephrons, consist of a filtration apparatus called the glomerulus, which is attached to a tubule. Filtered blood ...

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