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While we may think that kidney disease and heart disease are separate and unrelated, in reality the two are often connected. Even early or mild kidney disease can increase the risk of heart attacks, heart ailments and heart disease-related death.
This podcast explains how the two are connected and why it is important to coordinate the care of both diseases. Among the topics: the role of high blood pressure and cholesterol in the development of kidney disease and how kidney disease is detected when there are no symptoms.
In an interview with Bill Seiler, Matthew R. Weir, M.D., head of nephrology at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, professor of medicine and head of the Division of Nephrology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, also explains how the treatment of certain kidney conditions benefits the cardiovascular system.
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