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7 Surprising Situations That Raise Your Blood Pressure

When it comes to managing high blood pressure, certain situations are commonly linked to elevated blood pressure, including the excess consumption of alcohol or salt and a sedentary or high-stress lifestyle. There are, however, some lesser-known situations that also have the potential to raise your blood pressure. While many of these situations lead to a […]

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Chronic Kidney Disease Statistics You Need to Know

March is National Kidney Month, so there’s no better time to familiarize ourselves with the latest chronic kidney disease statistics. The pandemic has affected our lives in a multitude of ways. In addition to the obvious health implications of the COVID-19 virus, the ongoing pandemic has also led to a significant reduction in other necessary […]

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7 Foods That Can Help Lower Your Blood Pressure

Earlier this month, we focused on how exercise can help you manage your blood pressure, so now we’re focusing on the other most important factor in heart health and overall wellness: diet and nutrition. More specifically, we’re sharing the types of foods that can help you lower your blood pressure so you know what to […]

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Best Indoor Exercises To Elevate Your Heart Rate

February is American Heart Month, a time to emphasize the importance of cardiovascular health, and more specifically, hypertension, one of the leading factors for heart disease. Lifestyle changes are often the first course of action for those needing to lower their blood pressure. Weight loss and exercise both have the potential to manage and lower […]

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Your Seasonal Guide to Living with CKD: Winter Edition

Studies have shown that the blood pressure of CKD patients varies with the changing season, which is one of the reasons why we started our four-part series: Your Seasonal Guide to Living with CKD. There is no one size fits all approach to managing chronic kidney disease, which is why it’s recommended that you check […]

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5 New Years Resolutions for Kidney Health

The New Year allows us extra time to reflect and set resolutions for improvements that we’d like to see in the upcoming year. If you live with CKD, setting new years resolutions for kidney health is a great way to prepare for a healthier lifestyle. While many Americans set their sights on improving their health […]

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Five Tests for Kidney Disease

At Durham Nephrology, we spend a lot of time explaining how to prevent kidney disease from forming or worsening, but it’s also important to know about the available tests for kidney disease that can form an initial diagnosis. Your lifestyle, medical conditions, family history, and other factors influence when and how you get tested for […]

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Top Five Tips for Kidney Care Over the Holidays

The holiday season can be a difficult time for those with chronic kidney disease. Festive meals, alcohol, and desserts can all have damaging effects on the kidneys, making it challenging to know how to stay balanced and healthy amidst celebrations and traditions. In this blog, we’re sharing some top tips to help you navigate kidney […]

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Most Commonly Asked Blood Pressure Questions

47% percent of adults in the United States have high blood pressure, yet many people don’t know the basics behind what leads to high blood pressure or the steps they can take to reduce it. Hypertension is known as “the silent killer” because, in most cases, there are no warning signs or obvious symptoms. This […]

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The Connection Between Diabetes and Kidney Disease

November is American Diabetes Month, and given the strong connection between diabetes and kidney disease, we wanted to dedicate some time to explain the relationship between these two conditions. Diabetes is a major risk factor for kidney disease, and it is the leading cause of kidney failure. In fact, almost half of all kidney failure […]

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