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    Guideline Updates With MedStudy- Management of Blood Pressure in CKD

    Kashif Piracha, MD, of the Texas A&M University College of Medicine, Methodist Willowbrook Site, explains the KDIGO 2021 clinical practice guideline for the management of blood pressure in chronic kidney disease (CKD).  

    This guideline updates the previous KDIGO guideline on this topic released in 2012. It makes a notable change to proper blood pressure measurement procedures and target blood pressure goals which were inspired in large part by the SPRINT trial.  

    Dr. Piracha walks us through the changes. 


    How will this update affect your decision-making?

    Strictly adhering to the steps outlined in this video will ensure that the SPRINT trial data and outcomes can be successfully reproduced in the clinical setting. All healthcare personnel now have validation to implement these steps in their practice and only record standardized blood pressure measurements. Furthermore, all hypertensive patients with CKD, except children and transplant recipients, should be treated to a target systolic blood pressure of 120 mmHg.

    When in clinic, also advise patients on these topics in particular:

    1. All hypertensive patients with CKD should aim for dietary sodium restriction to < 2 g/day.
    2. Patients should strive to achieve moderate intensity physical activity, which is up to 150 min/week.

    Along with the above, bear in mind that one significant aspect of strict blood pressure control is individualization of therapy for each patient—but you probably know that already!


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