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High blood pressure or hypertension is the second leading cause of kidney failure. It often goes unnoticed due to lack of early symptoms. Regular blood pressure measurement is imperative for early detection and treatment. Targeting adequate blood pressure can prevent or slow the progression of kidney disease. Hypertension can cause kidney disease and be a sign of worsening kidney function. Nephrologists are hypertension experts and can assist in identifying the cause and assist with management.
Kidney function is essential for life, as it prevents toxins from building up inside your body. Those who have limited kidney function may not be able to effectively eliminate waste from their bodies, in which case dialysis becomes necessary. A special machine is used to filter excess fluid, salt, and waste from your bloodstream. Your blood may be filtered inside your body (peritoneal dialysis), or through a dialysis machine (hemodialysis).
The National Kidney Foundation states that kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death in the United States. Many people have kidney disease and do not realize it. Chronic kidney disease is progressive, so a loss of kidney function can ensue if it is not diagnosed in a timely manner. Regular checkups are key when it comes to early treatment and diagnosis. This requires a physical exam and laboratory assessment. If you have been told that you have "kidney disease", "kidney failure", or "abnormal kidney labs" please call us for an assessment. Early identification of the cause and starting treatment can improve or slow progression to kidney failure.