Long-term use of blood pressure drugs can cause kidney damage, study finds

Long-term use of blood pressure drugs can cause kidney damage, study finds
A new study by researchers at the University of Virginia Health System explores how taking blood pressure medication can lead to health problems. According to their findings, some of these drugs can cause kidney damage to consumers if they are taken for a long period of time.
"Our study shows that renin-producing cells are responsible for the damage," said researcher Dr María Luisa Sequeira López. "We are now focused on understanding how these cells, which are so important for protecting us from a drop in blood pressure and maintaining our well-being, undergo such changes and induce kidney damage. There is a need to identify what substances these cells make that lead to uncontrolled vessel growth."
Understanding the Risks of High Blood Pressure To
understand why blood pressure drugs have negative effects on kidney function, researchers conducted a study on both rats and humans, which showed that these drugs can improve artery and blood vessel health in the kidneys. How do they affect
The team identified renin cells as the major culprit behind many kidney health risks. When the body is functioning properly, these cells make a hormone that regulates blood pressure levels. However, when consumers are taking medication to control their blood pressure, it creates these cells that can block healthy blood flow to the kidneys.

The researchers explained that these findings may sound alarm bells for many consumers. However, the team urges consumers who are taking blood pressure medications to continue doing so because they are an important way for people with high blood pressure to maintain their heart health. The team hopes to continue to do more work to understand why these drugs have such bad effects on the kidneys.
"It will be important to conduct prospective, randomized controlled studies to determine the extent of functional and tissue damage in patients taking medications for blood pressure control," said researcher Dr. Ariel Gomez. "It is imperative to find out what molecules these cells make so that we can combat them to prevent damage, while high blood pressure is treated with the drugs available today."

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A new symptom of Omicron variant has been revealed, it includes night sweats

A new symptom of Omicron variant has been revealed, it includes night sweats
According to health experts, a new and unique symptom of the Omicron variant has emerged: night sweats.
NBC News senior medical correspondent Dr. John Torres told the TODAY Show that people are not reporting loss of taste or smell with Omicron as they were with previous variants. "But people are reporting night sweats, which is a very strange symptom they say they're having. But what exactly is night sweats and how do they connect to COVID-19?
Here's what You need to know.
According to the nonprofit American Educational Medical Center The Mayo Clinic, night sweats are "repeated episodes of excessive sweating" that can soak up your bedsheets.
They are often related to a disease or underlying medical condition.
Night sweats were most commonly associated with medical conditions ranging from the flu to cancer, but it wasn't until the Omicron version of COVID-19 began to spread globally that it was linked to the coronavirus.
How did night sweats begin to be related to the Omicron type?
Night sweats are one of the unique symptoms that medical professionals say sets the Omicron variant apart from other COVID-19 variants. A scratchy, sore throat is another.
Doctors treating patients in hospitals and urgent care documented more patients coming down with the Omicron version of COVID-19 reporting night sweats.
Dr Amir Khan, a physician with the United Kingdom's National Health Service, said people should now consider night sweats as a symptom of the Omicron type of Covid so that they can be tested.
"It's important that we stay on top of these symptoms, because if we're going to keep track of Omicron here and around the world we need to be able to test people with these symptoms," Dr Khan said.
What are the other symptoms of Omicron type of COVID-19?
The following are the main symptoms of Omicron types, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other sources: cough, congestion, runny nose, sore or scratchy throat, night sweats and fatigue.
People who test positive for the Omicron version of COVID-19 are less likely to have loss of taste or smell, when compared to most of the 2020 and 2021 COVID strains. But they are more likely to have the unique symptom of night sweats.

Types of Omicron and how to avoid its symptoms -Frequent washing as well as any vaccines available to you should be received. With soap and water.
The CDC also recommends that people 12 years of age and older should get a booster shot five months after their initial series of primary COVID-19 vaccines.

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