High blood pressure in CKD – Treatment

High blood pressure in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) requires an intensive treatment plan to effectively slow down progression to kidney failure.

What constitutes the treatment plan? How does it work? Must you take all those pills? How does your medical team devise your BP-lowering battleplan?

Find answers to all these questions and more, in today’s discussion below.

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High Blood Pressure in CKD

High blood pressure is almost always present at the time of diagnosing Chronic Kidney Disease. And as time passes during your CKD journey, controlling your blood pressure becomes an essential part of your treatment plan to delay kidney failure.

But why does your blood pressure rise in chronic kidney disease in the first place?!

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That, and the basics that you must understand about high blood pressure in CKD is what today’s storytelling is about.

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Blood Pressure Essentials

High blood pressure is almost always present at the time of diagnosing Chronic Kidney Disease. And as time passes during your CKD journey, controlling your BP becomes an essential part of your treatment plan to delay kidney failure.

But why do you get high BP in chronic kidney disease in the first place?!

For that let us first take you through all the essential facts that you must grasp about the whole concept of Blood Pressure.

Knowing this will help you master your understanding of what goes wrong with your BP regulation systems and to what extent, when CKD hits.

So, let’s begin then, shall we? 

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Dry Weight in Dialysis

Dry weight

Dialysis is a key treatment approach in patients with advanced chronic kidney disease. As we explained in this comprehensive Dialysis Guide before, Dialysis is a method to “partially” assist unwell kidneys with their overall blood-balancing activities. It does so by removing excess fluid and clearing out metabolic waste build-up in the blood alongside unwell kidneys that are unable to do so by themselves.

But how do your medical teams estimate how much fluid you must lose for an effective Dialysis session without causing you any harm?

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That and the whole clinical effort to help you achieve your Dry Weight is what today’s storytelling is about.

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VACCINES & KIDNEY PATIENTS: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

Vaccine Guide for Kidney Patients Cover

Vaccines are necessary to boost our immune power to effectively ward-off specific infections. They form a crucial part of medically preparing all patients of Chronic Kidney Disease for a kidney transplant surgery as well.

However, patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), those with Kidney Failure on Dialysis or Kidney Transplant recipients have a weaker immune system. Since vaccines are basically made of weakened germs or its parts, vaccinating this subset of patients requires caution and clinical supervision.

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3 MUST-HAVE TOOLS FOR A “LOW SODIUM” RENAL DIET

Low Sodium Kidney Friendly Cooking tools

Restricting your daily intake of Sodium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Protein & Fat in your food is the cornerstone of a Renal Diet Plan. Renal Dietitians are trained to help kidney patients identify which nutrients to restrict or increase in their daily diets, and by how much, based on our individual kidney health status. This means you will need to adjust your food & condiment portions to remain within your daily nutrient allowance. So how do you go about it? Continue reading “3 MUST-HAVE TOOLS FOR A “LOW SODIUM” RENAL DIET”

ENSURING HYGIENE IN A KIDNEY-FRIENDLY KITCHEN

Hygiene in a Kidney Kitchen

Hygiene is an important consideration for everything that enters your body, whether you eat it, drink it, breathe it or inject it. This is more so if a major, essential organ of the body like your kidneys are unwell. That’s because, in normal health, kidneys efficiently eliminate ALL excess metabolic wastes and impurities in blood via urine. But Chronic Kidney Disease progressively diminishes this blood-cleansing ability of kidneys as well as blunts our body’s immune defences with time.

💡 SO WHAT ARE THE BEST PRACTICES TO KEEP YOUR KIDNEY KITCHEN HYGIENIC?

💡 WHICH ARE THE MUST-HAVE EQUIPMENT/UTILITY ITEMS THAT YOU SHOULD CONSIDER STOCKING UP YOUR KITCHEN WITH, TO MAKE IT A “KIDNEY FORTRESS”?

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KIDNEY-FRIENDLY KITCHEN: THE MUST-HAVE TOOLS!

What business does someone trained as a physician-scientist have, talking about “Tools necessary for a Kidney-friendly kitchen”, you may ask?

Kidney Friendly Kitchen

 

Well, it’s my own decade-long Experience navigating life as a Kidney Warrior (currently post-kidney transplant) and the frustrating lack of organized information on this matter in the medical literature or public domain, that has motivated me to help fellow members in the Kidney Community in this regard.

As soon as you are diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease, dietary modifications take the centre-stage along with necessary medicines for your root cause & stage of kidney disease. Team ATK has constantly stressed the importance of consulting a Registered Renal Dietitian to help you prepare a Renal Diet Plan tailored to your individual health status.

To make your food choices easier, we have also shared “Kidney-Friendly Grocery Lists” and their daily kidney-safe portions to serve as a basic guide for your reference.

However, going by personal experience, applying all of the above advice in your daily lives also needs some smart tools in your kitchen to make it truly kidney-friendly and turn you into a more efficient Kidney Warrior.

This is what our article aims to help you with, today. Continue reading “KIDNEY-FRIENDLY KITCHEN: THE MUST-HAVE TOOLS!”

RENAL DIET: WHAT CAN YOU REALLY EAT?!

Being a Kidney Patient is difficult. It is not just the health challenges it poses on a day-to-day basis. It is also the “restrictions” that are suddenly “imposed” on us even with something as basic as “what we EAT”! Admittedly, the Renal Diet appears all the more challenging when it is a festive season!

But, focusing on what we CAN eat with kidney disease in tow, instead of what we CANNOT opens a whole new horizon of food options & possible food combinations which may go unnoticed otherwise.

 

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