What’s Hemodialysis?

It’s a treatment that takes over your kidney functions if those organs stop doing their job. There are two types of dialysis: Hemodialysis: Your blood is put through a filter outside your body, cleaned, and then returned to you. This is done either at a dialysis facility or at home. Peritoneal dialysis: Your blood is […]

Five Tips for Kidney Patients to Treat the Common Cold and Flu

Each year millions of Canadians suffer from the common cold and winter flu; individuals living with kidney disease are no exception. Prevention is the best medicine. Having an annual flu shot, and washing your hands frequently are the best lines of defense. It is also recommended that all people with chronic kidney disease have the […]

High Blood Pressure and Chronic Kidney Disease

Blood pressure is the pressure of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. Arteries carry blood from your heart to other parts of your body. Blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day, but it can damage your heart and cause health problems if it stays high for a long time. Hypertension, also […]

Obesity and Kidney Disease

Being overweight may increase the risk of developing a number of health issues, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, kidney disease, and, many more. By 2025, obesity will affect 18% of men and 21% of women worldwide. In some nations, obesity is already present in more than one-third of the adult population and contributes significantly to overall poor health and high annual medical […]

How Can You Tell if You Have a Kidney Infection?

Kidney infection or pyelonephritis is a serious medical condition in which there is an infection of one or both the kidneys. If you have a kidney infection you may experience the following symptoms: Pain is generally felt in the sides of the trunk or anywhere between the middle or upper back. The pain is mostly felt under the ribs and depending […]

Is Zinc a Friend or Foe to Kidney Stones?

The nutrient zinc can be both helpful and harmful when it comes to kidney stones, a new study finds. There have been two conflicting theories about the link between zinc and kidney stones. One suggests zinc stops the growth of the calcium oxalate crystals that make up the stones. The other suggests zinc changes the crystals’ surfaces, which encourages […]

What is hemoperfusion?

Hemoperfusion is used to complement existing blood purification technologies, such as hemodialysis and/or continuous renal replacement therapies (CRRT), in the management of drug or chemical toxicities, and hepatic encephalopathy. Hemoperfusion may be used simultaneously with hemodialysis, or CRRT, to take advantage of the clinical benefits of each of these therapies. The clinical indications stated above […]

What is plasmapheresis?

Plasmapheresis is a process in which the liquid part of the blood, or plasma, is separated from the blood cells. Typically, the plasma is replaced with another solution such as saline or albumin, or the plasma is treated and then returned to your body. If you’re sick, your plasma can contain antibodies that attack the […]

Signs of a Kidney Disease

Most of the signs of kidney diseases are unnoticed, ignored, or appear very late in the disease. Over 37 million American adults have kidney diseases, and most are not aware of it. The surest way to know whether you have a kidney disease is to consult a doctor to get examined and tested. Some of […]

Improve kidney health

Kidneys are vital organs involved in performing several important functions in the body. Almost a third of the adults in the United States are at risk of developing kidney diseases. People who are on long-term medications or suffering from conditions such as diabetes and hypertension have a higher risk of kidney diseases. Unfortunately, most people […]