Chronic Kidney Disease
- Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a condition where an individual’s kidney function is sub-optimal. It is a highly complex disease and has compounding effects on morbidity and mortality when present with other major medical illness like diabetes and heart disease. National Kidney Foundation has divided kidney disease in five different stages reflecting progressively higher severity of loss of kidney function. According to the latest USRDS data, moderate to severe kidney disease (stages III through V) is present in nearly 8-10% of US population.
- Our physicians have three goals in the care of patients with CKD:
- 1) to slow down the loss of kidney function. By treating the underlying cause of the progression of the disease as well as treating factors that lead to a worsening of kidney function, we can maintain kidney function for the longest possible time
- 2) to care for the metabolic and hematologic derangement’s that occur with the loss of kidney function
- 3) if an individual does develop Stage V kidney disease to make sure the transition to kidney transplantation or renal replacement therapy is done in a seamless and compassionate manner