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https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/hemodialysis

Healthy kidneys clean your blood and remove extra fluid in the form of urine. They also make substances that keep your body healthy. Dialysis replaces some of these functions when your kidneys no longer work. There are two different types of dialysis - hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. The...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/homehemo

When you are told you have kidney failure and need treatment to stay alive, it can be a difficult time in your life. If your kidney diagnosis is new, you may feel overwhelmed, confused and angry. But there are some important things you can do to help yourself. Learn all you can about your different...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/nocturnal-dialysis

What is hemodialysis? Hemodialysis uses a dialysis machine and a special filter (called an artificial kidney or a dialyzer) to remove wastes and fluid from your blood. You need a surgically placed access to allow blood to flow from your body to the dialyzer. Special nurses and technicians who are...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/hemoaccess

How Your Access Works A hemodialysis access, or vascular access, is a way to reach the blood for hemodialysis. The access allows blood to travel through soft tubes to the dialysis machine where it is cleaned as it passes through a special filter, called a dialyzer. An access is placed by a minor...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/nutrihemo

Now that you are beginning hemodialysis, there may be many changes in your daily life. Your doctor has probably told you that you may need to make some changes in your diet. The renal dietitian at your dialysis center will help you plan a diet for your special needs. Why do I need to be on a...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/dietary_hemodialysis

Use this brochure as a guide until your dietitian prepares a personalized meal plan for you. You will need to: Eat more high protein foods. Eat less high salt, high potassium, and high phosphorus foods. Learn how much fluid you can safely drink (including coffee, tea, and water). Salt &...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/hemocatheter

Hemodialysis is a treatment used when your kidneys fail (Stage 5 Kidney Disease) and can no longer clean your blood and remove extra fluid from your body. A hemodialysis access or vascular access is a way to reach your blood for hemodialysis. If you receive hemodialysis, your access is one of the...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/dialysisinfo

Dialysis is a treatment that does some of the things done by healthy kidneys. It is needed when your own kidneys can no longer take care of your body's needs. When is dialysis needed? You need dialysis when you develop end stage kidney failure --usually by the time you lose about 85 to 90 percent...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/dry-weight

What is dry weight? Your normal weight without any extra fluid in your body is called "dry weight." Extra fluid can be dangerous and cause extra strain on your body, including your heart and lungs. When you have kidney failure, your body depends on dialysis to get rid of the extra fluid and wastes...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/what_infectdiseases

As a hemodialysis patient, you want to learn all you can about your treatment and what you can do to ensure your health is at its best. One important area you should know about involves infectious diseases. These are diseases that happen when harmful germs get into your body and make you ill....

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/atozTopic_Dialysis

Are you a dialysis patient? Sign up for our FREE magazine, Kidney Living Overview Dialysis Choosing a Treatment for Kidney Failure Your Dialysis Care Team Patient and Family Resources (Insurance, Financial Assistance, Etc.) Tips for Choosing a Dialysis Facility Dialysis Patients' Bill of Rights...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/atozTopic_Parents

Children With Chronic Kidney Disease: Tips for Parents Coping Effectively: A Guide for Patients and their Families Detecting Kidney and Urinary Tract Abnormalities Before Birth High Blood Pressure and Chronic Kidney Disease in Children: A Guide for Parents High Blood Pressure: The Role of the...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/choosingtreat

What happens when your kidneys fail? Healthy kidneys do many important jobs. They keep your whole body in balance. They remove waste products and extra water from your body, help make red blood cells, and help control blood pressure. When you have kidney failure, it means your kidneys are damaged....

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/hepC/patient-quiz

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that can cause liver disease and inflammation (swelling and scarring) of the liver. Hepatitis C is higher among patients with kidney disease than in the general population. Take this quiz to learn if you are at risk. Answer the questions below as they apply to you...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/atozTopic_Brochures

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https://www.kidney.org/atoz/atozTopic_Nutrition-Diet

Visit our Kidney Kitchen for kidney-friendly recipes for those with early stages of CKD, those on dialysis, and those with diabetes! Diet for Early Stages of Chronic Kidney Disease (Stages 1-4) Nutrition and Early Kidney Disease: Are You Getting What You Need? (Stages 1 &#150 4) Nutrition for...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/hepatitis-c-and-chronic-kidney-disease-overview-evaluation-and-management

Hepatitis C Hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) is associated with increased risk of liver fibrosis or cirrhosis and development of hepatocellular carcinoma.1,2 HCV infection is also a common indication for liver transplant in the United States. The HCV genome is a single-stranded, positive sense RNA...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/iron

What is iron? Iron is a mineral needed for healthy red blood cells and for overall good health. Iron is found in a wide variety of foods. You can also get iron from supplements taken by mouth and from iron medicines prescribed by your healthcare provider. What does iron do? Iron helps your body in...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/peritoneal

Before dialysis was available, total kidney failure meant death. Today, people with kidney failure can live because of treatments such as dialysis and kidney transplant. What is dialysis? Dialysis is a way of cleaning your blood when your kidneys can no longer do the job. It gets rid of your body's...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/newly-diagnosed-heres-what-you-need-know

Know your kidney numbers.  Your kidney numbers include 2 tests: ACR (Albumin to Creatinine Ratio) and GFR (glomerular filtration rate). GFR is a measure of kidney function and is performed through a blood test. Your GFR will determine what stage of kidney disease you have – there are 5 stages...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/myths

Myth: The only option for receiving dialysis treatment is to travel to a center at least three times per week for hours at a time. Fact: Dialysis can be done in many ways: You can do dialysis in a hospital or an outpatient dialysis clinic or in your own home. Hemodialysis at a dialysis center is...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/peers-application

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https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/getting-more-protein-while-dialysis

What is protein? Protein is an important nutrient that helps build muscle, repair tissue, and fight infection. Protein is made from amino acids. Amino acids are like building blocks that combine to form many different types of protein.  Your body makes some of the amino acids you need. ...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/nutrichild

Poor growth and weight gain are two major problems for children with kidney failure, so diet is usually not restricted unless needed. Children grow fastest during the first two years of life. The earlier the age at which kidney failure occurs, the more likely growth will be affected. The goals in...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/employersguide

Working is very important to many people who have kidney failure, also known as end stage renal disease (ESRD). It can help them to have a feeling of value to their families, to society and to themselves. As an employer, you probably have many questions about how hiring or continuing to employ...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/ironDialysis

You may be familiar with the term "anemia" because having anemia is common when you have chronic kidney disease (CKD). Anemia happens when you do not have enough red blood cells. In CKD, kidneys don't make enough of a hormone called erythropoietin (EPO), which your body needs to make red blood...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/kidneymasterchem

Kidneys perform crucial functions that affect all parts of the body and are involved in complex operations that keep the rest of the body in balance. When the kidneys are damaged by disease, other organs are affected. Kidney problems can range from a minor urinary tract infection to progressive...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/faq-about-medicare-kidney-patients

I applied for Medicare, when will my Medicare coverage begin? The effective date of Medicare based on ESRD is dependent upon the type of treatment you choose: For hemodialysis patients Medicare is effective the 4th month of treatment For example, if hemodialysis is begunin May, Medicare becomes...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/traveltip

For many patients who are on dialysis or have had a kidney transplant, the ability to travel is important to their self-esteem and lifestyle. Working patients may need to attend business meetings or conferences. Older patients may have dreamed of traveling during their retirement. A family event...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/KidneyFailure

What is kidney failure? Healthy kidneys do many important jobs. They keep your whole body in balance. They remove waste products and extra water from your body, help make red blood cells, and help control blood pressure. When you have kidney failure, it means your kidneys are damaged. They cannot...