Hyperkalemia - High Potassium

Hyperkalemia: Effects of High Potassium Levels

High potassium, known as hyperkalemia, is a common electrolyte abnormality in patients with chronic kidney disease. While most of us have heard that potassium is good for us and needs to be incorporated to have a well-balanced diet, potassium actually needs to be monitored in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. What Causes Hyperkalemia? Potassium enters the body orally, through foods …

Types of PKD

Types of PKD

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is a genetic disorder that causes fluid-filled cysts to form on the kidney. There are two different types of PKD. Combined, they are responsible for 5-10% of the patients who are diagnosed with End-Stage Renal Disease on dialysis.  Types of PKD There are two types of PKD: Autosomal Dominant and Autosomal Recessive. Autosomal Dominant PKD is …

About Kidney Stones

What You Need to Know About Kidney Stones

Approximately 10% of the US population will develop kidney stones, and half of these will have recurrent disease. There are several different types of kidney stones; however, 80% of kidney stones contain calcium. Have you ever wondered about kidney stones, and whether you might have one? About Kidney Stones: Risk Factors The risk factors for developing a kidney stone include: …

Kidney Transplant Process

How the Kidney Transplant Process Works

A kidney transplant is the preferred treatment for End-Stage Kidney Disease. The benefits include an improved life expectancy and better quality of life. The kidney transplant process also provides a significant cost savings to the healthcare system compared to a person on dialysis. Unfortunately, the demand is very high and many people end up waiting for years to receive a …

How do we measure kidney function?

How Do We Measure Kidney Function?

The kidney has many functions as it removes waste, maintains fluid and electrolyte balance, and regulates body pH. The GFR, or glomerular filtration rate, measures the total for filtration rate of the 1 million nephrons in each kidney. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to detect early loss of kidney function from GFR alone because it often remains unaffected at this stage. Patients …

Major Organs Affected by High Blood Pressure

5 Major Organs Affected by High Blood Pressure

We’ve all heard that high blood pressure is dangerous for your health. But why and how? What does it actually do to your body when your heart must work harder to pump blood effectively? Unfortunately, the consequences are not just confined to the heart. There are several major organs affected by high blood pressure.  #1 The Eyes Hypertension over long periods …

What Medications are Harmful to My Kidney?

What Medications are Harmful to My Kidneys?

Have you considered how the body processes different types of medications? Several of the medications that we take are filtered through the kidneys. The kidney receives 20% of the blood supply from the heart, and blood flow within the kidney itself is very high. As a result of this blood flow the kidneys are vulnerable to drug-related toxicity. So this …