Conditions We Treat
We provide a wide spectrum of services related to kidney disease including education, prevention, and treatment of Acute Renal Failure, Chronic Kidney Disease, Hypertension and creating and maintaining dialysis. Here are some of the common conditions managed by Nephrology and Hypertension Specialists.
Chronic kidney disease
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a condition characterized by a gradual loss of kidney function over time. Chronic kidney disease may be caused by diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders. Early detection and treatment can often keep chronic kidney disease from getting worse.
Hypertension is an elevated blood pressure in the arteries. High blood pressure is a leading cause of kidney disease, heart attacks, and strokes. Most people with high blood pressure do not have any symptoms. You can have high blood pressure for years without knowing it. In most adults there is no identifiable cause. It cannot be cured, but it can be controlled.
Kidney stones increase the risk of developing chronic kidney disease. lf you have had one stone, you are at increased risk of having another stone. Those who have developed one stone are at approximately 50% risk for developing another within 5 to 7 years. Diagnosis of a kidney stone starts with a medical history, physical examination, and imaging tests.
Acute renal failure
Acute kidney failure is the sudden and dramatic loss of kidney function. This condition develops rapidly, often in just a few days. Because treating the causes of acute renal failure takes time, your body will be unable to remove the waste from the bloodstream. In order to remove the toxins from the bloodstream and help you feel better, you would need dialysis.
Post kidney transplant care
Success of your transplant depends on several factors. Being seen by your transplant team on a regular basis. Take your anti-rejection medications daily in the proper dose and at the right times. Follow the recommended schedule for lab tests and clinic visits to make sure that your kidney is working properly. And, follow a healthy lifestyle including proper diet, exercise, and weight loss if needed.
When your kidneys fail, dialysis keeps your body in balance by removing waste, salt and extra water to prevent them from building up in the body. Also, keeping a safe level of certain chemicals in your blood, such as potassium, sodium and bicarbonate and helping to control blood pressure. Dialysis can be done in a hospital, in a dialysis unit that is not part of a hospital.