The physicians and staff at New York Kidney Specialists, a division of New York Health, are committed to the best quality kidney care. We strive for early diagnosis and treatment of kidney-related health conditions to prevent or postpone the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) to kidney failure (end-stage renal disease) and its complications. If you or a loved one currently have CKD, provided is some information on this medical condition and steps which can be taken to reduce progression and complications.
CKD results with gradual loss of kidney function. The purpose of the kidneys is to filter waste products and excess fluids and salt from your blood, which are then excreted in the urine. If not diagnosed early or not treated, CKD can be a progressive condition to advanced stages, when dangerous levels of electrolytes and metabolic waste products build up in your body. Salt and fluid excess build up too. This can lead to complications such as high blood pressure, anemia, electrolyte imbalance, weak bones, poor nutritional health, and is associated with worsening cardiovascular disease.
There are many causes of chronic kidney disease. The main causes are Diabetes, and uncontrolled high blood pressure, which encompass about two-thirds of the cases. Early detection and treatment of such conditions, can often keep chronic kidney disease from occurring or worsening. Optimal control of such conditions, and avoiding certain painkiller medications is important. Keeping a healthy weight and being active is also essential. If you are a smoker, it is crucial to seriously consider quitting, since smoking can accelerate kidney damage.
How can NY Kidney Specialists help?
It is important to see a nephrologist even with early stages of chronic renal insufficiency stage I, II or III, or if you have protein in your urine. The kidney specialists will work with your primary care physician, to appropriately diagnose, and treat your condition.
In addition, we have developed a Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) clinic, specifically geared to treat CKD and related conditions. Continuity of care, and best quality care, is provided over a wide range of kidney-related related services.
Contact us if you have more questions or to set up an appointment.
NY Kidney Specialists, Division of NY Health
2500 Route 347, Bldg. #14A
Stony Brook, NY 1170