Renal artery stenosis is a narrowing of the vessels that carry blood to your kidneys. A buildup of plaque can narrow arterial walls and prevent an adequate amount of blood from reaching the kidneys. Without treatment, renal artery stenosis can lead to kidney damage.
At Dignity Health Central California, our cardiovascular treatment aims to slow the progression of the disease to preserve your kidney function. We offer different treatment approaches, each personalized to meet your health needs.
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Treatment for Renal Artery Stenosis at Dignity Health Central California
Although our goal is to heal your condition, treatment mainly aims to reduce plaque buildup on your artery walls. More than likely, your treatment plan will consist of lifestyle changes, medications, and if necessary, surgery.
You can prevent further plaque from accumulating by adopting healthy lifestyle habits, such as quitting smoking, eating a heart-healthy diet, and increasing physical activity. Your doctor can help you make these changes by helping you develop an achievable plan.
These medications may help lessen the symptoms of renal artery stenosis and prevent plaque buildup.
- Blood-thinning drugs which permit blood flow through narrowed arteries
- Cholesterol-lowering drugs to prevent plaque from forming
- Water pills (diuretics) to help your kidneys remove excess water
- Medications to lower your blood pressure to prevent kidney strain
Your Dignity Health Central California doctor may recommend surgery if there’s severe narrowing, or if your condition doesn’t respond well to other treatment options. If your renal artery stenosis is caused by fibromuscular dysplasia, or abnormal blood vessels, surgery might be a good option.
Surgical approaches unblock the clogged artery by flattening the plaque against the artery wall, inserting a renal artery stent to allow blood through, or by removing the lining of the renal arteries.
The severity of your condition will mostly guide your doctor’s treatment recommendations.
Preventing Renal Artery Stenosis
Leading a heart-healthy lifestyle is one of the best ways to prevent renal artery stenosis. Exercising, eating fruits and vegetables, and not smoking not only protects your heart, but preserves the normal functioning of your important organs.
Visit a heart care center at Dignity Health Central California for personalized treatment.
Dignity Health Central California offers medication and surgery as renal artery stenosis treatments in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.