Symptoms of Renal Artery Disease

Renal artery disease means the arteries of your kidneys are blocked. Whether this is caused by plaque buildup or other conditions, blocked renal arteries keep your kidneys from working properly. Left untreated, renal artery disease may result in conditions such as high blood pressure (hypertension) or kidney failure.

Symptoms of renal artery disease include:

  • Blood or protein in urine
  • Kidney failure
  • Pain in sides of abdomen
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sudden, severe swelling in legs
  • High blood pressure that is difficult to treat with medication, especially in childhood and in women younger than age 45

Meet the Renal Artery Disease Team

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