What Is Chronic Kidney Disease?
Chronic kidney disease involves a gradual decrease in the ability of the kidneys to effectively filter excess fluids and wastes from the blood. If left untreated, kidney function may become so impaired that the patient requires dialysis or even a kidney transplant. Treatment by an internist trained in nephrology, which deals with diseases and disorders of the kidneys, can stop or slow the progression of further damage. Unimed Care offers South Florida seniors state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services for chronic kidney disease
What Causes Chronic Kidney Disease?
Kidney disease in seniors is often the result the years of damage to the kidneys caused by underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, urinary tract obstructions, and recurrent kidney infections. The renal and other body systems are remarkably adept at compensating for a loss of kidney function, which means that the signs and symptoms of kidney disease may not appear until there is already significant damage to the kidneys.
Complications of Chronic Kidney Disease
Untreated kidney disease can affect virtually every body system.
- Fluid can build up in the vascular system and impair the function of the heart and lungs.
- Immune system function can become compromised, which increases the risk of infections.
- Red blood cell production is diminished, which can lead to anemia.
- Bones can become weak, which increases the risk of fractures.
Diagnoses and Treatment
Diagnosing chronic kidney disease in seniors is especially challenging since many of the signs and symptoms can also be caused by other health conditions frequently seen in older adults. Some of the most common symptoms include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, changes in urination, fatigue, itchy skin, and decreased mental sharpness. Treatment options for chronic kidney disease vary depending on the underlying cause and may include medications to lower blood pressure, control cholesterol, reduce fluid retention, stimulate red blood cell production, and strengthen fragile bones.
Unimed Health Systems
in Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale offers state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services for chronic kidney disease in seniors. We are proud to have the services of Dr. David Moskowitz, a board-certified internist and nephrologist ( kidney doctor ), at our Ft. Lauderdale location. In his nearly four decades of practice, Dr. Moskowitz has become renowned as an expert in the treatment of geriatric kidney disease.