Achieving the best possible health for patients with CKD requires the joint effort of all members of the healthcare team.
We encourage medical professionals to be aware of kidney disease in hopes of early detection for patients so we can try to slow the progression of kidney disease and potentially save more lives.
Kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death in the U.S.
“A gene variant common in African-Americans predicts that people with that gene who also have chronic kidney disease (CKD) are twice as likely to progress to kidney failure as African-Americans without the high-risk gene and white people with CKD. People with the high-risk gene also tend to lose kidney function at twice the rate of those without the gene, according to the research, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health.” (Source: NIH, published November 9, 2013) Article
Screening kidney function in people with Carotid Artery Disease may help in the development of early intervention strategies. (Source: research conducted by Life Line Screening and Imperial College London, published December 2, 2013) Article
Shows how well the kidneys are working. If GFR is below 60, the patient may be at risk for kidney disease.
Indicates damage to the kidneys filters. If albumin is present in the urine, the patient may be at risk for kidney disease.