IROC’s mission is to partner with patients with kidney disease and their caregivers to achieve health, longevity and quality of life equivalent to the general population. To start, IROC committed to improving blood pressure control within this group. As part of an ongoing conversation, our community members reflect on blood pressure control and how it impacts their family.
Blood pressure was a concern before my transplant, but directly following my transplant my blood pressure became more normal and I really didn’t think about it too much. Two years after my transplant one of my doctors suggested that I do a 24-hour blood pressure test. I was not very happy about doing the test since it meant wearing the monitor at school and having it beep every 15 minutes while I was just trying to be a normal high school student. I also don’t feel like I sleep as well with the 24-hour monitor which is kind of funny because that probably doesn’t help my blood pressure!
The 24-hour test revealed that my nighttime blood pressure level did not drop as it should when sleeping, so my transplant doctors put me on a blood pressure medication at night to help drop my nighttime blood pressure. Taking another medication is not that big of a deal but I was a bit surprised with the 24-hour results since none of my measurements at clinic were high. This didn’t make a lot of sense to me because all of my labs showed my transplanted kidney was working just great, so why is my BP high?
Since I have this night time problem that means I will have to have more of the 24-hour tests. While 24-hour blood pressure tests are annoying, I know how important these tests are to my overall health and know that my blood pressure has to be well controlled or I could have long-term heart problems.