Did you know that one in three American adults is at risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD)? If you’re one of them, don’t wait to invest in kidney disease care. At Nguyen Medical Group in Boynton Beach, Florida, double-board certified nephrologist Thomas Nguyen MD, MS, Susan Nguyen-Mui, APRN, and the team offer effective treatments for people with CKD. The goal of treatment is to avoid issues by minimizing the progression of kidney disease in those most at risk. To schedule an appointment, call the office to speak with a friendly team member or book online today.
Chronic kidney disease is a serious health problem that results in a gradual loss of kidney function: your kidneys filter wastes and excess fluids from your body. When left untreated, chronic kidney disease can cause electrolytes and debris to build up in your body, increasing your risk of premature death.
Chronic kidney disease doesn’t always present obvious symptoms early on. As a result, you might be at risk and not even realize it. Regular check-ups with your primary care physician can alert you in the early stages when treatment is most effective.
The symptoms of chronic kidney disease vary and depend on the underlying cause. Common indications include:
As chronic kidney disease gets worse, you might also experience shortness of breath or high blood pressure that’s difficult to control.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to prevent chronic kidney disease entirely, but you can take steps to lower your risk significantly. The team at Nguyen Medical Group recommends maintaining a healthy weight, quitting smoking, and working with a doctor to manage your medical conditions. It’s also important to follow instructions on over-the-counter medicines.
To diagnose chronic kidney disease, your Nguyen Medical Group provider conducts a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your symptoms and lifestyle. They also order blood tests, urinalysis, and imaging tests to check for problems with your heart, blood vessels, and urinary system.
In rare instances, a biopsy may be necessary. During a biopsy, your Nguyen Medical Group provider surgically removes a piece of kidney tissue and sends it to a laboratory for further testing.
Treatment of chronic kidney disease focuses on three areas: controlling symptoms, reducing complications, and slowing the progression of the disease. Usually, this includes a combination of prescription medication, regular medical check-ups, and healthy lifestyle changes.
If you have mild or moderate kidney disease, you might benefit from eating a balanced, low-protein diet, getting regular exercise, and taking high blood pressure or high cholesterol medications. For more serious cases of chronic kidney disease, dialysis or a kidney transplant may be necessary.
To schedule a kidney disease care appointment at Nguyen Medical Group, call the office or book a consultation online today.