Persons with advanced kidney disease should be empowered to understand how each new medication, life event, dietary change, or hospitalization can influence their disease progression. Care should be easily organized and accessible, so that any provider can readily understand where patients are in the course of their kidney disease.
So-called conservative management can ease symptoms without dialysis in some people with kidney disease. But many of them are never given the option.
Hypertension in adolescence doubled the risk for end-stage renal disease in adulthood.
Don’t be afraid. It can be a scary thing when you’re diagnosed. I didn’t know anyone else with kidney disease. But you have to educate yourself. Get as much information as possible. There are so many resources out there.
If there were enough kidneys for everyone in the US who needed one, we could save 43,000 lives every single year. That’s the conclusion of researchers Frank McCormick, Philip Held, and Glenn Chertow, in an editorial published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrologists.
Our Chief Medical Officers weigh in on the latest technologies and healthcare innovations that have the most potential to transform patients’ lives this coming year.
Kidneys are not romanticised like the heart, or held on high like the brain. But these fist-sized organs are integral to our ability to filter waste and excess fluid from our bodies.
And they’re a pain in the midriff when they go wrong.
But now it’s possible to grow new kidneys from scratch – at least small ones. This breakthrough in bioengineering was published today in Nature and is a big step forward in regenerative medicine.
The news wasn’t good. The choice was either dialysis or die in three months. At the age of eighty-seven, Dad was part of the ever-dwindling “greatest generation” of men and women who served their country by fighting in World War II. And like many in this generation, he had declining health.
Can economists make the system for organ transplants more humane and efficient?
Debilitating symptoms, decreased quality of life, mental health issues, financial challenges and frequent need for medical visits and hospitalizations significantly impact the lives of people with kidney failure.
I was placed on dialysis when I was 30 years old. Before my diagnosis of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) or kidney failure, I had been an active, adventurous world traveler. I spent time in the Middle East, first in the Army, then later as a civilian defense contractor. When I finally rotated back to Kansas City, I got a job with a security company and starting fielding new opportunities that could send me around the world again.
The Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients (CSCKP) brings together like-minded people who care deeply about the quality of compassionate, supportive care for kidney patients. We are professionals from many disciplines and laypersons who are working for true patient-centered care that values quality of life.
CKM is a treatment option for managing advanced chronic kidney disease. This pathway is a resource for patients and healthcare professionals with a focus on quality of life, symptom management, and living well without dialysis.