Things Patients on Hemodialysis Should Better Know
Hemodialysis greatly prolongs life expectancy among those with Chronic Renal Failure or uremia. Other than kidney transplantation, dialysis becomes an important approach for ESRD or Renal Failure patients. Performing HD right greatly aids in patients’ lifespan and quality of life. How to do it right? Here’s an introduction, just for reference.
Firstly, choosing an experienced center helps. Western medicines together with traditional Chinese medicine could possibly reduce side effects of hemodialysis.
Secondly, pay extra attention to patients’ psychological health. Patients on dialysis easily feel depressed, desperate or even despair, that’s why professional medicals or psychologists should deliver psychological counseling from time to time. What’s the point of doing that? Give patients’ confidence, help them know the disease right, and defeat their diseases optimistically. As a matter of fact, survival rate and quality of life among patients with ESRD are pretty high nowadays.
Thirdly, protect your internal arteriovenous fistula. The fistula is the lifeblood for dialysis people, so protecting those matters. Clenching one’s fist or doing some mild or moderate exercises could improve the blood circulation.
Fourthly, stay away from infections and correct anemia. Anemia attacks easily especially when one takes hemodialysis due to kidney problems. Serious anemia affects the lifespan of those patients. Therefore, to supplement sufficient nutrition, ensure dialysis adequacy, transfuse blood when necessary or apply EPO (erythrogenin) helps correct anemia. In addition to these, staying away from infections also helps.
Fifthly, take good control of high blood pressure and body weight. High blood pressure has already become a direct cause accounting for deaths of hemodialysis patients since it triggers stroke or cerebral hemorrhage. Obesity induces heart failure sometimes. Therefore, self-controlling and monitoring of blood pressure and body control matters during dialysis. Measures can be taking anti-hypertensive drugs regularly and keeping a stable mood as well as following a renal-friendly diet.
Sixth, to prevent nephrotoxic drugs when taking dialysis could protect remaining kidney function.