Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

Western Mountain Medical Center PC

Primary Care Practice & Internal Medicine located in Henderson, NV & Bullhead City, AZ

If you’re one of the 30 million Americans living with chronic kidney disease, know that the compassionate staff at Western Mountain Medical Center PC in Henderson, Nevada, can help you manage your condition. Nabila Aslam, MD, ABIM, and her experienced staff can accurately diagnose, treat, and monitor chronic kidney conditions to improve your quality of life and ensure optimum health. Learn more about managing chronic kidney disease by calling the office in Henderson or using the convenient online booking feature.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Q & A

What is chronic kidney disease?

Your kidneys filter excess fluids and waste from your body. When they aren’t able to do their job and begin to fail, you may be diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) includes conditions that cause damage to the kidneys, which can worsen over time. When kidneys fail, they can no longer function properly, putting you at risk for end-stage renal disease, a condition that requires dialysis or a kidney transplant.

What causes chronic kidney disease?

A number of underlying medical conditions can increase your risk factors for developing CKD, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular disease

You may also be at greater risk for CKD if you have a family history of the condition or if you’re over the age of 60.

Ethnic backgrounds such as Asian-Americans, Native Americans, African-Americans, and Hispanics are also at increased risk of developing CKD.

What are the symptoms of chronic kidney disease?

Kidney disease often develops gradually over time. When you are getting closer to kidney failure, you may experience symptoms like:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Frequent nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling in feet and ankles

If one or both kidneys fail completely, you may also experience abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

How is chronic kidney disease diagnosed?

Your provider can perform diagnostic testing, such as blood work or urinalysis, to rule out or confirm kidney disease. They may also recommend imaging tests, such as an ultrasound, to get a closer look at the structure of your kidneys.

The staff at Western Mountain Medical Center PC may also recommend routine screenings for kidney disease if you have a family history or other risk factors for CKD.

What treatments are available for chronic kidney disease?

Any damage your kidneys suffer as the result of CKD is usually permanent. The Western Mountain Medical Center PC team can create a custom treatment plan to manage existing kidney damage and prevent worsening of the disease to avoid total kidney failure.

Often, lifestyle changes are necessary to avoid worsening of symptoms. These changes may include:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Limiting alcohol
  • Eating a low-fat, low-salt diet
  • Getting daily exercises
  • Maintaining a healthy weight

You should also work with the Western Mountain Medical Center PC team to ensure other underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes, are well controlled to prevent additional kidney damage.

Book a consultation online or by phone for more information about chronic kidney disease.