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Renal Artery Disease

Atherosclerosis can affect any artery in the body. Although not commonly treated, the renal arteries can also be affected by atherosclerosis.

Definition of Renal Artery Disease

Renal artery disease is the name given narrowing of the renal arteries that can impair blood flow to the kidneys. This is most often caused by atherosclerosis.

The Anatomy of Renal Artery Disease

The renal arteries arise from the abdominal aorta to supply blood de oxygenated blood to the kidneys. Fatty plaques or atherosclerosis can develop in the renal arteries, impairing blood flow and decreasing the ability of the kidneys to remove toxins from the body.

Causes of Renal Artery Disease

Atherosclerosis is a major cause of renal artery disease. Patients can have other comorbidities that will also cause narrowing of the renal arteries such as fibromuscular dysplasia and vasculitis.

Symptoms of Renal Artery Disease

Most patients do not notice symptoms. Patients are usually found to have renal artery disease based on other clinical findings. These may include:

  • High blood pressure that does not respond to medication
  • Worsening kidney function or a shrinkage of kidney size without cause
  • Rapid onset of massive pulmonary edema

For most patients, their primary physicians or nephrologists (kidney doctors) will help make the diagnosis of renal artery disease.

Diagnosis of Renal Artery Disease

Renal artery disease is diagnosed based on imaging. While an angiogram is the gold standard, most patients can be diagnosed with an ultrasound or computed tomography (CT).

Prevention of Renal Artery Disease

Prevention of artery disease always centers around maintaining a healthy blood pressure and minimizing atherosclerosis. Patients should make sure cholesterol levels are checked and take medications as prescribed.

Am I At Risk?

Patients with renal impairment, elevated cholesterol, and those with certain autoimmune diseases may be at risk of renal artery disease.

Treatment of Renal Artery Disease

Physicians will use medications to manage blood pressure issues and maximize renal function initially. However, if patients do not respond to medications and have poor blood flow to the kidneys, they may be good candidates for balloon angioplasty or stenting. Both of these measures are endovascular in nature and can be performed as same-day procedures. If these measures fail, an open renal bypass may be necessary.

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Renal artery disease is a serious disease that requires the attention of an accomplished vascular surgeon. Leading surgeons like Dr. Jenna Kazil spend years training and treating renal artery disease. Patients in need of revascularization of the mesenteric or renal arteries on Florida’s West Coast should locate a consummate vascular surgeon who has the surgical skills necessary to perform these serious surgical operations for the benefit of their patients. Dr. J. Kazil is a gifted vascular surgeon who has developed an impressive track record of successful cases in treating mesenteric artery disease. Dr. Kazil understands the important circumstances that drive the treatment with the accuracy and compassion that everyone expects from an exemplary vascular surgeon.Jenna Kazil, MD, FACS, RPVI is a great surgical specialist working as a vascular and general surgeon seeing patients from South Sarasota to East Desoto and Hardee to North Hillsborough to West Manatee and Pinellas counties. Patients requiring revascularization of the mesenteric or renal arteries should contact Dr. Kazil at the Florida Surgical Clinic located in Bradenton, FL today to schedule an appointment with a unique experienced surgeon that possesses a unique blend of expert skills and compassionate care.

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