Chronic kidney diseases account for most kidney disease. Kidney function decreases gradually during chronic kidney disease over the years and may eventually lead to permanent kidney failure, also called end-stage renal disease. Chronic kidney disease doesn't usually show symptoms until decreased kidney function starts causing serious health problems, so ask your doctor about routine screening that can detect kidney disease early. Chronic kidney diseases aren't curable, but treatment can slow their progression and relieve symptoms.
Michael F. Magpile, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
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Is chronic kidney disease a common version of kidney disease?
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What is the difference between heart attack and heart failure?
Sameer A. Sayeed, MD, Cardiology, answeredIn a heart attack, a plaque rupture in a coronary artery causes a blod clot to form in the artery and causes the artery to suddenly become blocked stopping blood flow to the area of the heart being supplied by that coronary artery. That part of the heart stops working and may die if the artery remains blocked for too long. The rest of the heart may continue beating normally or the entire heart migh fibrillate or beat abnormally ineffectively leading to death. In heart failure, if it is systiolic failure, the entire heart muscle is weak and this is usually a chronic progressive process from coronary disease or other diseases that affect the heart muscle. The heart does not pump effectively and insufficient blood is pumped to the rest of the body and one has symptoms of shortness of breath, swelling, altered mental status,etc. This is not an acute process and is not painful and does not lead to sudden death. A heart attack is acute and sudden and causes a lot of chest pain usually and can cause sudden death.
What is a patient advocate?
A patient advocate is a person who will help someone navigate through the often complex world of healthcare. The advocate will make sure you understand what procedures you are getting done, where to get them, and who to speak with for answers. The person is your ally and assists you in receiving the best quality patient-centered care.
Remember, everyone in your medical team should be an advocate for you. Physicians, nurses, therapists, and dieticians should make sure you are receiving the best quality care and that you understand every action, every procedure, and possible side effects of each. The advocate is your educator, protector, and voice to ensure you have the safest care with the best possible outcomes.
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