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The History of Dialysis

The history of dialysis Dr. Willem Kolff is considered the father of dialysis. This young Dutch physician constructed the first dialyzer (artificial kidney) in 1943.

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10 Ways to Prepare for Dialysis

It’s good to go in with a game plan when it’s time for dialysis, whether it’s your first treatment day or your 50th. We’ve come up with 10 ways to help you prepare and maintain your quality of life on dialysis.

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Is My Blood Getting Cleaned During Dialysis?

Are you wondering how well your blood is being cleaned during your dialysis treatments? One way to find out is through the urea reduction ratio (URR). If you meet the URR goal after each treatment, you’re on the right track. But if you’re not meeting it, your blood may not be as clean as it could be. Learn more about how to get blood thoroughly clean during dialysis.

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Five myths about dialysis

People with chronic kidney disease (CKD) play a crucial role in managing their health. The most helpful thing patients can do for themselves is to understand the facts about dialysis and uncover the truth behind any of the myths. We’ll debunk five myths about dialysis that you may have heard of.

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Choosing a dialysis center

When you learn you need dialysis, you and your doctor will decide which dialysis treatment is best for your health and lifestyle, and you will also need to choose a dialysis center. Learn how to choose a dialysis center that will meet your needs.

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Kidney caregivers

March is National Kidney Month, National Social Worker Month and National Nutrition Month. This is big month for creating awareness of kidney disease and recognizing dialysis caregivers, especially social workers and dietitians, and the contributions they make to the well-being of people with kidney disease and those on dialysis.

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Overview of PTH

PTH stands for parathyroid hormone. This hormone is made by your parathyroid glands. There are several reasons why an increase in PTH is common with kidney failure. Learn the reasons for an increase in PTH, symptoms of high PTH and ways in which you can prevent high PTH.

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Dialysis is a treatment that replaces kidney function when chronic kidney disease progresses to end stage renal disease. When kidney function declines to about 10% to 15% of normal function, dialysis filters the blood of waste and extra fluid for the kidneys. Learn when dialysis is needed, which treatments are best, how often and how long dialysis is needed and more.

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What is dialysis and when do I start?

Dialysis is a treatment to replace the filtering function of the kidneys when they reach end stage renal disease. When kidney function goes below about 15%, kidney dialysis is necessary to clean the blood. Find out more about kidney failure and dialysis.

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I want to know about my dialysis access

A dialysis access is necessary for people with kidney failure who choose dialysis as their treatment. For those doing hemodialysis, they will need a temporary catheter in their chest area or permanent vascular access, usually a fistula or graft in the arm, to get blood from the body to the artificial kidney for cleaning. People on peritoneal dialysis will need a catheter access to fill and drain the dialysis fluid from their abdomen. Find out about types of dialysis access and how to care for them.

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How does my doctor know if dialysis is working?

You perform dialysis treatments regularly and follow the advice of your doctor and health care professionals to feel your best, but is there a way to know if dialysis is really working for you? In addition to asking you how you feel, there are several lab tests your doctor will perform to make sure you are receiving adequate dialysis.

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How do I get dialysis?

How do I get dialysis and how is dialysis done? Discover the different ways you can perform dialysis, whether it's hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis.

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