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7. High blood pressure
          High blood pressure (Hypertension) is
          a very common complication following
          kidney transplantation, particularly
          during the early months. This is why
          your blood pressure will be checked
          more frequently, during this period. It
          is vital to control high blood pressure;
          if left untreated, you will be at an
          increased risk of heart disease or of
          having a stroke.
            Often high blood pressure does not
          produce symptoms. Some patients
          complain of headaches or blurred
          vision. It can be associated with
          several problems, which include fluid
          overload, rejection and narrowing of
          the renal transplant artery (renal
          artery stenosis). It can also be a side-
          effect of some of your medicines.
          There are many different ways of
          treating high blood pressure:
          ● If your doctor thinks you are fluid overloaded, you will be given a diuretic (water pill) which will drive
            your kidney to increase your urine output and thus help lower your blood pressure.
          ● Blood pressure medicines - There are many different types of blood pressure
            medicine including vasodilators, beta-blockers and calcium channel
            blockers; your doctor will choose the most appropriate one for you.
            Many patients will need a combination of more than one blood               “It is important
            pressure medicine.                                                      that you do not stop
          ● If your doctor suspects you have a rejection episode, or renal artery      or change your
            stenosis, the appropriate diagnostic tests will be performed and       prescribed medicines
            treatment initiated.                                                    without discussion
          ● If your high blood pressure is caused by a side effect of your anti-   with your transplant
            rejection therapy, you may be switched to a different type of
            medication.                                                                   doctors.”

          Blood Pressure
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