Chronic Kidney Disease

Nephrology & Internal Medicine located in El Paso, TX

Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic Kidney Disease services offered in El Paso, TX

About 37 million people in the United States have chronic kidney disease. If you need help managing the disease, you can find personalized care at Sun City Kidney, PA. Rey Rosario, MD, specializes in diagnostic testing and treatment services for chronic kidney disease. Dr. Rosario offers medications, dialysis, and other services to preserve the function of your kidneys. To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for chronic kidney disease symptoms, call the office in El Paso, Texas, today or book an appointment online.

Chronic Kidney Disease Q&A

What is chronic kidney disease?

Your kidneys are fist-sized organs that sit below your rib cage. They’re responsible for filtering waste and extra fluids from your blood to produce urine.

Chronic kidney disease develops when your kidneys can’t filter your blood properly. As a result, fluids and waste build up in your body and increase your risk for kidney failure. You may also be at significant risk for a number of health conditions, including heart disease and nerve damage.

The primary causes of chronic kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure (hypertension), conditions that can lead to kidney damage. Other risk factors include:

  • Aging
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Family history

Certain medications, including laxatives and anti-inflammatories, and illegal drugs can also cause damage that leads to chronic kidney disease.

When should I seek an evaluation for chronic kidney disease?

You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Sun City Kidney, PA for chronic kidney disease if you have symptoms like:

  • Appetite changes
  • Muscle cramps
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling in ankles and feet
  • Changes in urination frequency

You may also need diagnostic testing for kidney disease if you have high blood pressure that’s difficult to manage.

Your provider can order blood and urine tests to evaluate your kidney function. They may also perform an ultrasound or other diagnostic imaging test to get a closer look at your kidneys. 

Based on your test results, they can personalize a treatment plan to meet your needs and lower your risk for complications. 

How is chronic kidney disease treated?

There’s no cure for chronic kidney disease, but the team at Sun City Kidney, PA can help you manage your condition over the long term. They focus on reducing your symptoms and slowing down the progression of the disease.

Your treatment plan may include medications to address conditions that contribute to chronic kidney disease. Sun City Kidney, PA also offers hypertension management services to help you regain control over your blood pressure. 

The medical team may also modify your diet to reduce the amount of waste your kidneys need to filter from your blood.

If you have end-stage kidney disease and your kidneys are failing, you may need dialysis. Dialysis uses a special machine to filter your blood outside of your body. 

If this treatment isn’t enough, you may be a candidate for a kidney transplant. During a transplant, you receive a new kidney from a donor.

To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for symptoms of chronic kidney disease, call Sun City Kidney, PA today or book an appointment online.