What you eat and how often you exercise are important ways you can help to prevent heart disease. If you have CKD, your doctor may recommend regular physical activity and also refer you to a dietitian who can work with you to create a kidney and heart-friendly diet.

What type of exercise you do and how frequently you do it are things you should discuss with your doctor. Types of physical activity may include:

  • Light or brisk walking or hiking
  • Gardening
  • Biking
  • Swimming
  • Yoga

Your doctor and dietitian will consider what stage of kidney disease you have, how that affects your individual risk for developing heart disease, and create a meal plan that will benefit your health.

Generally, a heart-healthy diet is low in fat and salt. But, because you also have CKD, you may need to balance potassium, phosphorous and fluid levels in your body. Your dietitian will consider all of these factors when creating a diet that works for you.