Renal Artery Stenosis


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Comment from: joanne, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 07

I have been living with high blood pressure and swelling of feet and ankles, noticed many years ago when my first pregnancy showed these signs. I was always anxious, nervous and had an odor that I could not control, I had to force myself to keep going. I find now after renal tests that I have renal artery stenosis, a narrowing of the artery that leads from the heart to the kidneys. Sometimes my blood pressure is extremely high and am sure blood pressure pills have kept me alive. Now that I am 78 the doctors want me to just continue on with blood pressure pills. I just wish my last days on this earth I could have been normal. My body is full of neuropathy pain, stomach pain, and the odor so I do not want to go out to do the things I would like. Goodness knows I have tried to do my best and have always pushed myself to endure. My general physician feels I should just continue with blood pressure medicines and I feel I should see a kidney specialist.

Comment from: Survivor, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

I was diagnosed with renal artery stenosis after my primary care physician discovered a bruit in my belly. I was referred to a cardio specialist who did stent placement in the renal artery. The kidney had shrunk to some degree. Left iliac artery was also discovered to have a large degree of stenosis and was also successfully stented. Suspicion is that stenosis occurred as long term side effect of cervical cancer radiation.


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