Thursday, February 11, 2010

Hm, more interesting stuff...

I was doing some reading today and came across an article that said this:
"The number one cause of death of individuals with polycystic kidney disease is left ventricular hypertrophy LVH, or enlargement of the ventricle muscle of the heart."

This made me curious, because my mother (and her father as well) died of Congestive Heart Failure at 62 and 61, respectively, and I wondered if it was linked. So I googled it, and I found quite a few articles and patient references to PKD related CHF.

"Elevated blood pressure and increased left ventricular
mass are associated with congestive heart disease." From the website.
Anyway, just another interesting thing to add to the list of things to watch for. I'm just so curious because my mom was never diagnosed with PKD, but from what I've read it varies in degrees, and some people don't even find out they have it until quite later in life, but by that time she had CHF.

I have my next appt. with the kidney doctor on the 28th this month, he wants me to have a follow-up CT-scan to see how the disease is progressing and just make sure everything is good. Will update again then :)