What is nephrology? What is a nephrologist?
Nephrology is the study, diagnosis and treatment of kidney disorders which primarily focuses on the progressive deterioration of kidney function. A nephrologist is a physician who specializes in the field of Nephrology but also has a unique perspective and training in the causes and treatment of Hypertension.
I have blood in urine? Should I be concerned?
Although blood in one’s urine is typically not a cause for major alarm, it should not be ignored. If the condition should continue for more than a couple of days, we suggest calling your GP for a further evaluation.
My GP said my kidney numbers are off. What does this mean?
In order to see how well your kidneys are working, Nephrologists measure a patients GFR. GFR stands for glomerular filtration rate and is a measurement of how well your kidneys filter blood. A GFR of 60 or higher is normal. A GFR below 60 may you have kidney disease. A GFR of 15 or lower may mean kidney failure.
What is CKD? Who is at risk of it?
CKD stands for Chronic Kidney Disease, the progressive deterioration in kidney function. Those most at risk to CKD includes anyone with diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, an elevated body mass index, a history of tobacco use, are over 60 years of age, or a family history of the disease.
How do you screen for CKD?
The screening process is simple and only requires a simple blood test and urinalysis.