Confession of a Transplant Patient: Hypertension Is Serious


by Rebecca Turner, Our Mississippi Home

Kidney failure and dialysis aren’t easy to face on your own – something that Anthony Williams, a successfully transplanted patient in Jackson, knows all too well. But, while it took a village to save his life, Williams will confess that his denial of the risk of unmanaged hypertension and cigarette smoking opened the door for the development of kidney disease. Williams uses his story to shout from the rooftops: It doesn’t have to end in kidney disease.

More than 700,000 Mississippi adults have high blood pressure (hypertension), and thousands more may be at risk. High blood pressure increases a person’s risk of heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of in the United States. Over time, uncontrolled high blood pressure can cause arteries around the kidneys to…

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