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Help Chronic Kidney Disease Patients Live Well with Anemia

2013-02-28 08:17

 Chronic Kidney Disease, anemiaMost people with chronic kidney disease will develop anemia. Anemia can happen early in the course of chronic kidney disease and grow worse as kidneys lose their ability to work well and make EPO. Anemia is especially common if you have Diabetes; are female; are African American; are in stage 3 or 4 chronic kidney disease; have Renal Failure.

Anemia can cause people to look pale, feel tried, have a poor appetite, have trouble sleeping, have little energy for daily activities, have headaches, have a rapid heartbeat and feel short of breath. So there is no doubt that anemia discounts the quality of chronic kidney disease patients’ life. What causes anemia for chronic kidney disease patients?

The damaged kidneys can not produce enough erythropoietin (EPO) which is a hormone production that regulates red blood cells. Red blood cells carry hemoglobin which delivers oxygen to cells, tissues and organs. Human body will not get the right amount oxygen, if red blood cells are not enough.

The decreased amount of oxygen in the body makes heart work harder. The result is that the muscles in your heart left lower chamber may get too thick, and we call it left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), which can occur even in people with early chronic kidney disease, and increase the risk for heart attack or death. So treating anemia for chronic kidney disease patients is very urgent.

The treatment for anemia will depend on the exact cause of your anemia. If your anemia is caused by chronic kidney disease, you will be treated with drugs called erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) and extra iron. The goal of anemia treatment in most cases is to increase the hemoglobin level to be between 11 and 12.

The most important thing for chronic kidney disease patients is to treat the primary disease and repair the kidney damage. In that case, chronic kidney disease can be prevented developing Chronic Renal Failure, otherwise anemia will be more severe at that time. Tell us what is your primary disease and which stage of chronic kidney disease are you in? Then the appropriate treatment options can be offered.

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