Better Control Over Blood Pressure
Many patients diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease found out they had it due to the complication of high blood pressure. The clumps of cysts in the kidneys of polycystic kidney disease patients cause arteries to constrict, making the pathways the blood travels through more narrow. The body's response to this reduction in space the blood and circulatory system can utilize to perform its function of delivering oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, is to raise blood pressure. With higher blood pressure, the blood can maintain its flow throughout the body. While this may sound like a good thing, it often is not. High blood pressure is the leading cause of heart disease, of which some polycystic kidney disease patients may already be exhibiting from heart valve dysfunction caused by their condition. Better control over blood pressure is essential, as by not adequately controlling high blood pressure, polycystic kidney disease patients are increasing the burden on their kidneys to filter the blood and putting extreme amounts of strain on their heart.