Your renal arteries are the arteries that transport blood from your heart to your kidneys. Your renal arteries branch directly off of your aorta, which is the primary artery that comes from your heart. Your renal arteries branch on both sides of your aorta and run down to each one of your kidneys.
Your renal arteries carry an extremely large amount of blood to your kidneys where it is filtered. Around 5 liters of blood are pumped out by your heart every minute. Of this amount, about 1 to 1.5 liters or 25% of this amount goes through your kidneys every minute.
Renal artery stenosis (narrowing) is a condition that is marked by a decrease in the diameter of your renal arteries. This narrowing of your renal arteries may bring about hypertension (high blood pressure) that is known as renovascular hypertension and an impairment in the way in which your kidneys are working.
Renal artery stenosis is one of the primary things that result in renovascular hypertension. In fact, renal artery stenosis is responsible for anywhere from 1 to 10% of the 50 million instances of high blood pressure in the United States.
If both of your renal arteries are affected by renal artery stenosis, it results in kidney failure. Your renal function gets progressively worse when there is a decrease in the flow of blood to both of your kidneys. Renovascular hypertension is the result of only one of your renal arteries being narrowed by renal artery stenosis. If you are afflicted with renal artery stenosis, you may be entitled to social security disability benefits like SSI or SSDI. The only way to know for sure is by going to one of the social security attorneys at disabilitycasereview.com. The social security attorneys at disabilitycasereview.com are there to help you get the disability benefits that are rightfully yours.
Most of the time, renal artery stenosis is a result of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis refers to a narrowing and hardening that takes place in the blood vessel wall inside of an artery. This process that occurs inside of your renal arteries is similar to what happens inside of blood vessels in your heart and other areas of your body.
There are some risk factors that may increase your likelihood of developing atherosclerosis. Some of these are:
- Getting older
- High levels of cholesterol
- Hypertension (high blood pressure).
There are some things that are less common causes of renal artery stenosis. These include:
- Division and tearing of your blood vessel wall (dissection)
- Fibromuscular dysplasia of your blood vessels
- Inflammation of your blood vessel (arteritis)
There are some signs and symptoms that may be an indication of renal artery stenosis. Some of these are:
- Pulmonary edema (sudden accumulation of fluid in the air sacs of your lungs)
- Narrowing of other arteries in your body
- Kidneys that are not functioning well, which may develop suddenly
- Hypertension that is hard to control or gets worse suddenly
- Hypertension that occurs at a young age.
- Renal Artery Occlusion and Social Security Disability (disabilitycasereview.com)
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