High blood pressure destroyed Tina Turner's kidneys, only a donation from her husband Erwin saved her life. Here the musician tells the story of her high blood pressure, blood washing and kidney transplant:
Show your kidneys love
"The struggle for recovery is also always determined by the struggle for the right information!"
The problem is a lack of connection
Prof. Dr. Andreas Serra is an internist and nephrologist based at Hirslanden Hospital in Zurich. He sees patients with sick kidneys due to different underlying diseases. He cares deeply about the doctor-patient-relationship that he considers essential for therapy adherence – as holds true for high blood pressure.
“My kidney disease does not define me”
It was 1993, my first year at University, I was 19 years old. Life had just begun, and I was ready to start discovering what it was all about. I was often very thirsty – but didn’t think much of it. One day, I noticed my ankle was swollen. It wasn’t painful, just a mild sprain perhaps, but I decided to go to the hospital to get it checked.
Don’t neglect the kidneys
We usually focus on the heart and forget about the kidneys. Prof. Dr. Christoph Wanner, Head of Nephrology at Würzburg University Hospital and President of ERA, explains how important and easy it is to recognise the first signs of kidney damage. He also gives hope as new therapy options can stop the progression of the disease.
"Kidney problems are too often neglected".
Prof. Raymond Vanholder is President of the European Kidney Health Alliance (EKHA) and makes a strong case for this to be the decade of the kidney. The neglect of kidney health is dramatic.
The importance of a check up
Almost as simple as washing hands - a little urine test could prevent dialysis and transplantation.