If you have any form of kidney problem, high blood pressure is often a problem. Quite frequently measuring blood pressure (BP) at clinic is inaccurate and does not reflect your usual blood pressure at home.

One of the ways you can help us help you is to keep a record of your own blood pressure and bring this with you when you see your doctor. You can frequently find blood pressure machines at your local pharmacist or GP surgery.

If you would like to buy your own machine you can find a list of machines validated in Australia and validated for home use in the UK.

Our local aims are to achieve BP targets below.

  • People with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) should be treated with blood-pressure lowering drugs to maintain a blood pressure that is consistently below 140/90 mmHg
  • People with CKD and significant amounts of protein in their urine a consistent blood pressure below 130/80 mmHg should be targeted
  • Everyone with diabetes should if possible maintain a consistent blood pressure below 130/80 mmHg.
  • Patients on dialysis should have a BP below 160/90 but above 110/60 mmHg

Sometimes even with drugs it is not possible to achieve these targets but ask your doctor how you can manage you own blood pressure by changes in your lifestyle, like:

  • Loosing weight
  • Stopping smoking
  • Taking regular exercise
  • Reducing salt intake

In a medical emergency, call 000. If you are feeling unwell, see your local GP or go to your local hospital Emergency department for help.