Understanding Kidney Disease and Your Risk
Kidney disease develops when these organs become damaged and can no longer filter blood efficiently. The kidneys gradually lose their ability to function, which can cause dangerous levels of waste products and fluid to accumulate in the bloodstream. Eventually, kidney disease can be fatal unless the patient receives a kidney transplant or regular dialysis treatments at a community hospital .
Signs and Symptoms
Since kidney disease often doesn’t cause symptoms initially, it’s a good idea to undergo screening at your local hospital if you have risk factors. As the condition becomes more severe, you’re likely to notice sleep disturbances, fatigue, appetite loss, nausea, and shortness of breath. Frequent urination, swollen feet and ankles, chest pain, confusion, and concentration impairment can also occur. Additionally, you may suffer from high blood pressure that is difficult to manage, persistent itching, and hiccups.
Causes and Risk Factors
Most people diagnosed with chronic kidney disease develop it because of poorly controlled diabetes. The kidneys and many other bodily structures sustain damage from high blood sugar levels. Other possible causes of chronic kidney disease include high blood pressure, polycystic kidney disease, and prolonged urinary tract obstruction. You’re at an increased risk of kidney disease if you have a family history of it and if you’re 65 or older.
Treatments and Lifestyle Changes
If the disease is not yet severe, it may be manageable with medications. Additionally, you may be advised to make lifestyle changes, such as limiting your intake of protein, salt, and potassium. However, if you have end-stage kidney disease, you’ll require dialysis treatments or a kidney transplant.
In addition to helping patients manage chronic kidney disease, MountainView Hospital is pleased to offer free, informational classes to help adults learn how to live well with diabetes and subsequently, reduce their risk of kidney disease. We also provide sophisticated robotic surgery, advanced bariatric weight loss, and state-of-the-art stroke care to residents of Las Vegas. If you have any questions about the resources available at our community hospital, please call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5474.