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Congestive Heart Failure From Kidney Failure

2013-04-30 15:05

When kidney failure develops, it means that more than 90% kidney functions have been damaged. If left untreated, toxins will accumulate in the body and cause irreversible damages to other organs and systems such as heart, digestive system, bones, blood system, etc.

Chronic kidney failure is often accompanied by congestive heart failure which will in turn worsen renal functions. Cardiovascular disease is one of the major complication of chronic kidney failure and it is the most common cause of death especially for those that have developed end stage kidney failure. Heart failure is the final stage of most cardiovascular diseases.

High blood pressure, retention of sodium and fluid in the body are the factors causing or aggravating congestive heart failure, therefore it is necessary for kidney failure to seek early and effective treatment to control their high blood pressure, relieve swelling and other symptoms.

With the continuous progression of kidney failure and repeated onset of congestive heart failure, patients often develop anemia and a series of other illness conditions, therefore early and proper treatment should be sought to prevent more damages and harms to the body.

If illness conditions become very serious. For example, creatinine is higher than 707, blood urea nitrogen is higher than 28.6 and blood potassium is higher than 6.5, dialysis treatment will be needed to first bring these life-threatening risks well under control.

For kidney failure patients that have congestive heart failure, peritoneal dialysis is a better choice than hemodialysis. On one hand, peritoneal dialysis is better than hemodialysis in protecting residual kidney functions. The decline rate of kidney function is slower. During peritoneal dialysis, patients will not have renal ischemia and the decline rate of kidney function is much slowed than hemodialysis. On the other hand, peritoneal dialysis is more stable and more suitable for elderly patients and those that have heart problems or other cardiovascular problems.

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