Heart disease is the most common cause of death for people on dialysis. It is important to work with your doctor to make certain lifestyle changes that can decrease your chance of getting heart disease or making it worse.

Prevent heart disease when you have kidney disease:

  • Control your blood sugar if you have diabetes
  • Control your blood pressure if you have high blood pressure
  • Balance levels of calcium and phosphorous in your  body
  • Manage high cholesterol
  • Follow a heart-healthy diet
  • Increase physical activity
  • Take your medicines exactly how your doctor told you
  • Quit smoking, if you smoke
  • Talk to your doctor about medicines you could take (like low-dose aspirin to prevent heart attack)