Overview of CKD

CKD, or Chronic Kidney Disease, is a progressive disease that does permanent damage to the kidneys. Although its early stages often fly under the radar, CKD has telltale signs and risks including old age, diabetes and high blood pressure. But these are not the only that can flag the onset of chronic kidney disease. Here are some signs that you ...

Managing Your CKD

1. GFR under 30 mL/min. 2. When it’s under 60 mL/min ALONG WITH either: 3. When GFR is over 60 mL/min ALONG WITH either: If you meet any of the above criteria, you are at risk for CKD! At this point, your Nephrologist will stage your disease, determine the cause and set a course for treatment. High blood pressure is ...

Common CKD Medications

There are several types of medications that are common to prescribe when patients have CKD. These medications come in several classes that are listed and described in detail below. High Blood Pressure Medication: Blood Pressure control is important to slow the progression of kidney disease ACE inhibitors and ARBs: These lower BP by relaxing your blood vessels so the heart ...

Stages of CKD

There are five stages of CKD. What falls into the “other” category? Because your health is important! CKD can be managed once it’s caught. Conditions like anemia, bone disease, and heart problems can be caught early too. Patients with an extremely low GFR (less than 30 mL/min) are toeing the line of critical condition and should start getting educated about ...

CKD May Lead to Anemia

Anemia is a condition where you don’t have enough red blood cells to carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Erythropoietin is a hormone produced by the kidney that facilitates red blood cell maturation within the bone marrow. CKD patients don’t produce enough of this hormone and therefore are often anemic. But there is good news! ...

Symptoms of Kidney Failure

Kidney failure is very serious and potentially fatal. It’s important to catch the early warning signs and take care of the problem with preemptive measures. If you notice any of these symptoms, please call our office and make an appointment: (714) 435 • 0150 This is what happens when your have poor oxygen circulation due to low red blood cell ...

Uremia & Advanced CKD

Uremia is an accumulation of toxins and waste molecules. Think about it like your body’s garbage collector decided to take the month off (or the year, or the… you get it). Low GFR means that kidneys can no longer clean your blood properly. The waste has nowhere to go, so it settles and kicks its feet up while riding along ...