RENAL ARTERY DISEASE
More Artery Conditions
What is Renal Artery Disease?
Plaque build up can occur anywhere in the body including the arteries supplying the kidneys. Alternatively, the muscle in the artery wall can grow abnormally, constricting/narrowing the renal artery. When significant blockage or narrowing occurs in these arteries, there is decreased blood flow to the kidneys resulting in abnormal regulation of blood pressure and fluid; significantly decreased flow in one artery is usually well tolerated, but narrowing of both arteries can result in significant problems.
What are the Signs/Symptoms of Renal Artery Stenosis?
Signs and symptoms of renal artery stenosis include:
Early onset high blood pressure
Difficult to control blood pressure
Sudden increase in blood pressure previously well-controlled
Sudden fluid in the lungs resulting in congestion and shortness of breath
Increased protein in the urine
Decreased kidney function, sometimes during treatment for high blood pressure