High cholesterol and CKD

High cholesterol and CKD

People with CKD have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes.

This is because some of the causes of kidney disease are the same as those for cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

You may be prescribed medication called statins to reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Examples include atorvastatin, fluvastatin and simvastatin.

Side effects of statins can include:

Side effects of statins

You may experience swelling in your ankles, feet and hands if you have kidney disease.

This is because your kidneys aren’t as effective at removing fluid from your blood, causing it to build up in the body tissues (oedema).

You may be advised to reduce your daily salt and fluid intake, including fluids in food like soups and yoghurts, to help relieve the swelling.

In some cases you may also be given water tablets (diuretics) to take, such as furosemide.

Side effects of diuretics can include dehydration and reduced levels of sodium and potassium in the blood.

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