People with type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease are at three times higher risk of dying from a cardiovascular event. According to the National Kidney Foundation, the two main causes of chronic kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure. These two conditions were the primary diagnosis in 75% of kidney failure cases between 2015-2017.
Listen to Dr. George Bakris, a nephrologist with expertise in diabetes-related kidney disease, and Dr. Peter McCullough, a cardiologist who is also board certified in internal medicine, discuss how to better screen and manage patients with type 2 diabetes who are at risk for cardiovascular disease and renal disease.
Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease. He has extensive training and expertise in lipidology and echocardiography. He holds additional certifications from the American Board of Clinical Lipidology and the National Board of Echocardiography. Dr. McCullough specializes in treating patients with complicated internal medicine problems that have affected important organs including the heart and kidneys.
Dr. McCullough oversees cardiology training, education, and research for Baylor Health Care System and is Vice Chief of Medicine at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. He is an internationally recognized authority in his field and frequently lectures on internal medicine, nephrology, and cardiology. In addition, he has published over a thousand related scientific communications. He is currently serving as the chair of the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Early Evaluation Program, the largest community screening effort for chronic diseases in America.
George Bakris, MD, specializes in the diagnosis and reduction of high blood, particularly in complicated and refractory cases. He is also skilled in the treatment of kidney disease, with special expertise in diabetes-related kidney disease and slowing its progression.
In his research activities, Dr. Bakris explores why the rate of kidney disease is significantly higher in the black population than it is in other ethnic groups. He also evaluates specific markers of kidney disease progression and heightened cardiovascular risk, as well as how changes in the artery (central pressure) affect the heart and kidney. He has served on many guidelines’ committees over the past 15 years and is currently the chair of the American Diabetes Association Blood Pressure High Blood Pressure Consensus Panel and Clinical Practice Guideline Committee. He is also a member of the American Heart Association panel updating resistant hypertension guidelines.
Dr. Bakris received the Irvine Page-Alva Bradley Lifetime Achievement Award to acknowledge his
lifetime of outstanding achievements in the field of hypertension