Medical conditions caused by high blood pressure CAN cause blood in the urine.
High blood pressure is a condition affecting millions of people each year. Untreated high blood pressure can cause a multitude of medical conditions, such as kidney damage. Once the kidneys are damaged, symptoms such as blood in the urine may occur.
While high blood pressure is most commonly associated with heart disease, it can also affect other organ systems such as the kidneys. Because the kidneys have a large blood supply, injury or damage can result in excessive bleeding such as blood in the urine.
When high blood pressure causes kidney damage symptoms such as back pain, blood in the urine, decreased urine output and difficulty urinating can occur. You may not have noticeable symptoms if only one kidney is damaged while the other remains healthy. Serious kidney diseases often accompany long-term high blood pressure that is left untreated. Kidney failure, kidney artery aneurysm and scarring of the kidneys can all stem from high blood pressure.
If you have blood in your urine and have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, your doctor may run a battery of tests to determine if kidney disease is present. A complete blood count, renal scan, urinalysis and angiography of the kidney artery may all be used to determine if your kidneys have suffered damage.
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