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18 October 2004

Hypertension and your kidneys

Your kidneys play a vital role in your body, ridding it of toxins and helping to control fluid levels.

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Your kidneys play a vital role in your body, ridding it of toxins and helping to control fluid levels. Consistently elevated blood pressure levels can lead to damage of the arteries in the body.

Prolonged pressure causes the kidneys' arteries to become thickened and narrowed. This reduces oxygen supply to the kidneys. It’s ironic that kidney damage itself leads to hypertension.

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