There are at least three types of this syndrome – including acute, chronic, and secondary. Kidney disease may be one of the causes, but cardiac problems may also affect renal function. For instance, congestive heart failure or myocardial infarction can lead to lower kidney blood flow, which can initiate kidney diseases.
The causes are, therefore, complex and involve dysfunction of either the kidneys, heart, or both. Acute or chronic diseases may affect one organ and lead to problems in the other.
Risk factors that may lead to cardiorenal syndrome include old age, dehydration, congestive heart failure and heart attacks. Others are chronic kidney disease and conditions such as anemia, diabetes, and hypertension.
One of the problems with diagnosing this condition is that symptoms are similar to those for many other ailments. General symptoms of cardiorenal syndrome are:
Heart-related symptoms include chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath and irregular heartbeats. Renal or kidney-related symptoms include low urine output, the presence of blood in the urine, or lower back pain.
Treatment will vary from person to person and depend on their medical history and current health. Management of this syndrome focuses on improving heart function while also dealing with chronic kidney disease. There is no one-size-fits-all medication or treatment. However, as with many other conditions stress can aggravate it. That’s why management strategies for the syndrome involve emotional support and stress-busting activities.
Contact us if you would like to find out more about services. We are here to answer any questions and concerns you may have. Feel free to walk in to see the facilities and ask your questions.