Do I Need To Aim For A Lower Blood Pressure Target Than Patients Without Chronic Kidney Disease?

Question: Do I need to aim for a lower blood pressure target than patients without chronic kidney disease?

Answer: In general, patients with chronic kidney disease have about the same blood pressure lowering goal as other folks with high blood pressure. Now there is one circumstance, however, in which we aim for a lower or more aggressive target blood pressure, and that is in the patient with chronic kidney disease and diabetes. Patients who also have diabetes have a lower blood pressure target, and it's been demonstrated that achieving this lower blood pressure target can result in slowing in the progression of the chronic kidney disease.

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