Jeff Baker, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Location and Office HoursImmanuel Clinic
Springdale, AR 72762
How much salt can I have each day if I have chronic kidney disease?
If you have chronic kidney disease it is important to limit how much salt (sodium) that you eat every day. The average American eats more that four times the recommended daily salt intake. It is very important to read labels, as most processed and prepackaged foods contain very high quantities of salt. Most low-salt diets recommend limiting salt intake to 2,000 milligrams (mg) per day.
What medications help treat nephrotic syndrome?
Nephrotic syndrome is usually successfully treated with a combination of medicines.Medication choices - Medicines to treat nephrotic syndrome include:
- Corticosteroids, such as prednisone or prednisolone, to reduce swelling.
- Diuretics, such as bumetanide or furosemide, to help maintain fluid balance.
- Cyclophosphamide, cyclosporine or mycophenolate mofetil, when treatment with corticosteroids is not successful.
- Albumin, to restore blood volume.
Most children are successfully treated with corticosteroids, though relapses are common.
Clinical trials are ongoing to test more effective medicines for the treatment of steroid-resistant (relapsing) nephrotic syndrome. If treatment has not successfully controlled your nephrotic syndrome, ask your doctor about information on clinical trials. To take part in a clinical trial, you may need to travel to a large treatment center.What to think about - Most children who have nephrotic syndrome do well with treatment and have a normal life expectancy.
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How common are deaths from heart disease?
Anthony Komaroff, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredOver the past few decades, advances in diagnosis and treatment have led to dramatic drops in the rate of deaths from heart disease. Still, this disease is often feared, and with good reason: it remains the leading cause of death for both men and women, killing about one in six people. In the United States, someone dies from a heart attack or other cardiovascular problem every 39 seconds.
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