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People with kidney disease or kidney failure are at risk for heart disease.  In fact, it is very common. These ten tips can help you lower your risk for getting heart disease —or help keep heart disease from getting worse. 

Tip 1:  Control Blood Sugar If You Have Diabetes 
  • Check your blood sugar level as often as your healthcare provider recommends
  • Follow your treatment plan of medications, diet, and...
More awareness of treatment, prevention options helping drive these improvements

New York, NY (November 3, 2009) — People with chronic kidney disease are at much greater risk of developing heart problems than people with healthy kidneys, but new data from the U.S. Renal Data System (USRDS) shows some major improvements in their heart health.

Increased awareness among doctors that cardiovascular complications can be treated...

Linda Ulerich, RD

February is heart health month and what better time to think about ways we can all improve our health!

Heart disease (cardiovascular) means you are having problems with your heart and the blood vessels throughout your body.  Over time, the blood vessels that bring blood to the heart and brain can become blocked from a buildup of cells, fat and cholesterol. This reduces blood flow to the heart and brain and...

The flow of blood and a variety of the body's "communication systems" connect the kidneys and the heart, including the way these organs work together within the body. Since the heart and kidneys are closely linked, the test results from a simple metabolic panel (a blood test typically conducted during an annual physical) can expose a great deal about your kidney and heart health. Many people don't experience physical signs...

Kidneys keep you alive and kicking. They tackle blood pressure and keep it down. They play defense against kidney stones and keep your body on top of its game 24/7. Yet, when it comes to vital organs, the other frontline players, like the heart, get all the attention. For Pro-football Hall-of-Famer Jerry Rice, kidney health is a personal cause: his brother Tom has chronic kidney disease. He now joins the National Kidney Foundation in a public...
In this NKF Facebook Live Event, Dr. Max Gomez of CBS hosts a discussion between nephrologist Dr. Les Spry, cardiologist Dr. Michael Miller, and diabetes patient Anna Norton. Together, they discussed how to manage cardiovascular risk beyond LDL control, and why it is important for both heart and kidney health.

Your heart and kidneys are two important organs in your body. They work together to keep you healthy.  ...

Show your kidneys some love through preventative care

When you love someone, you want them to be safe and happy. The same goes for your kidneys. When you “heart” your kidneys, you’re taking steps to make sure that they are doing well. As the master chemists of your body, kidneys are as important as other vital organ – if they stop working, so do you.

Here’s how you can show them some love:

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The Story Behind Our First Kid Ambassador   With big pipes and an even bigger smile, Angelica Hale couldn’t have predicted her journey from kidney transplant recipient to kid superstar - but just last year she was not only runner up on America’s Got Talent but also the undisputed champion of global hearts! The National Kidney Foundation could not be more proud to partner with the singing phenom, and total inspiration, as our very first...