Kidney Disease

What is kidney disease?

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a condition in which the kidneys are damaged and cannot filter blood as well as they should. Because of this, excess fluid and waste from blood remain in the body and may cause other health problems, such as heart disease and stroke. More than 1 in 7 (15%) of US adults are estimated to have CKD, that is about 37 million people. If left untreated, CKD can progress to kidney failure and early cardiovascular disease. When the kidneys stop working, dialysis or kidney transplant is needed for a person to survive. When patients are treated with dialysis or kidney transplant, this is know as end-stage renal disease (ESRD).

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Risk Factors

Heart Disease

High Blood Pressure


Family History of CKD


CKD Statistics According to CDC

  • Around 37 million adults in the United States have CKD and shockingly, most are undiagnosed.
  • Every 24 hours, 360 people begin dialysis treatment for kidney failure
  • Diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of kidney failure in the United States making up for 3 out of 4 new cases
  • Kidney diseases are a leading cause of death in the United States

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