Kidney Disease Kidney Failure

Chronic Kidney Disease and Kidney Failure

Kidneys are the organs that filter waste products from the blood. They are also involved in regulating blood pressure, electrolyte balance, and red blood cell production in the body.

Symptoms of Kidney Disease

Another name for kidney disease is Chronic Kidney Disease or Kidney failure.  Kidney failure can occur when your kidneys become unable to filter waste products from your blood. When your kidneys lose their filtering ability, dangerous levels of wastes may accumulate, and your blood’s chemical makeup may get out of balance. Kidney failure, also called end-stage renal disease (ESRD), is the last stage of chronic kidney disease. When your kidneys fail, it means they have stopped working well enough for you to survive without dialysis or a kidney transplant.

Symptoms of kidney failure are due to the build-up of waste products and excess fluid in the body that may cause weakness, shortness of breath, lethargy, swelling, and confusion. Inability to remove potassium from the bloodstream may lead to abnormal heart rhythms and sudden death. Initially kidney failure may cause no symptoms.  Physical wellness includes the wellness of our organs.  We should be aware of changes in our health to catch deleterious conditions early.

In end-stage kidney disease or renal disease, kidneys have lost more than 85% of their function and the only chance for survival is with dialysis or transplantation.