How can a kidney patient protect himself from cardiovascular diseases?
Q: I am 49 years old and a patient of hypertension and diabetes. My left kidney is functioning only 40%. I walk 6 km daily and my doctor has prescribed the following medicines: Zeformin XR 60 and Polytorva 2.5. How can I save myself from any cardiovascular disease?
A:If one kidney is functioning less and you have high BP you need a CT angiogram or a renal Doppler to rule out narrowing of the tube supplying blood to that kidney (called renal artery stenosis). The key to preventing heart disease in diabetics is to maintain good control of the BP and keep the LDL cholesterol lower than 80 mg%. Polytorva has medicine for lowering cholesterol in it. You also need to lose some weight by daily exercise and diet restrictions.