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What is Hemodialysis and How Does it Work?

Renal replacement therapy or dialysis is a life sustaining treatment that is offered when the kidneys are too damaged to continue to work properly. In this article, we will focus on standard or in center three times weekly hemodialysis, which is the most common type of dialysis performed in the United States. Dialysis options also include home hemodialysis, nocturnal hemodialysis, and peritoneal dialysis. The decision of what type of dialysis to pursue is a personal decision that is undertaken with the support and guidance of your nephrologist. Many factors are taken into consideration, including your preferences, level of independence, social supports, and overall health status. Topics to b

Anemia & Kidney Disease

Anemia can make you feel weak, tired, and short of breath. You may also have headaches and trouble sleeping. You may also experience a loss of appetite and a more rapid heart rate. Anemia (uh-NEE-me-eh) comes from the Greek work that means “without blood”. Anemia is common in people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) When kidneys are healthy, they make a hormone called erythropoietin, or EPO. This hormone helps the bone marrow to produce the amount of red blood cells (RBC) that the body needs to carry oxygen to vital organs. When the kidneys are damaged, they often do not make enough EPO. As a result, the bone marrow makes too few red blood cells. Anemia often develops in the early stage


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