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Your Kidney Healthcare Team

Has your doctor started talking about nephrologists, dietitians and other specialists that you haven’t heard before? Understanding and accessing all the expert resources you have at your disposal is an important part of controlling your kidney disease and overall health. Get to know your new all-star team.

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What Is a Nephrologist?

Nephrologists are medical doctors who specialize in kidney care. Sometimes referred to as kidney doctors, they commonly treat chronic kidney disease (CKD), polycystic kidney disease (PKD), acute renal failure, cancer of the kidneys and kidney stones. People on dialysis will have their treatment managed by a nephrologist. Learn more about what a nephrologist is, what a nephrologist does and when to visit a nephrologist.

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Anemia Management and Chronic Kidney Disease

When people have chronic kidney disease they commonly have anemia, too. Anemia happens when there is a shortage of the red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout the body. With fewer red blood cells, less oxygen gets to the body’s cells. This can cause weakness, tiredness, confusion and shortness of breath. To help people with kidney disease and anemia live a better quality of life, there are treatments available to manage anemia.

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Routine Medical Screenings for People with Chronic Kidney Disease

When you have chronic kidney disease (CKD), it may seem as though you visit your nephrologist a lot to make sure your kidney health is taken care of. It is also important to make sure that your overall health is in order. That’s why it is suggested to schedule a routine medical screening once a year with your primary care physician (PCP). Listed are the types of screenings you should schedule with your primary care doctor, recommended ages for certain medical screenings and tips on how to keep your entire health in check.

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Managing the Medicine Chest When You Have Kidney Disease

Managing medicines is an important part of keeping people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) healthier. Many medications are prescribed for people with kidney disease, so getting help to determine what to take and when to take it is a good practice. Discover ways to manage kidney disease medicines once and for all.

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Immunizations- Which Shots You Need and Why

Immunizations are necessary for people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and who are on dialysis. Along with taking your prescribed medicine, receiving dialysis treatments if you have end stage renal disease (ESRD) and following a kidney diet, immunizations are a fundamental part of your kidney care. Learn about which immunizations may be necessary when you have chronic kidney disease.

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How to Talk to Your Doctor

You would think that talking to your doctor would be the easy part of a doctor’s visit, however, for many it can be frustrating. We’ve put together some tips to hopefully make it easier for you to communicate with your doctor.

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High Blood Pressure Medicines and Kidney Disease

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force and amount of blood your heart pumps, but a strong force of blood can be harmful to the tiny blood vessels in the kidneys. High blood pressure medicine can help lower the force of blood and is sometimes even prescribed to those without hypertension to help preserve kidney function. Learn about blood pressure medicines and how they may help protect your kidneys.

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