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Arteriosclerotic kidney disease

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Hello, I am 59 years old female and have inherited Septal Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. I am on a number of medications to help in coping with symptoms. I take diltiazem, altace, hydrochlorithizide, 81mg aspirin daily as well as a medication to assist me to fall asleep. I have sleep apnea, am obease and suffer depression of which I take an antidepressant and use a C-Pap machine. I take 1200mg Calcium, 2 magnesiums daily, 2000 units of D-3,and B complex. I have pain around my kidney area and have edema. My Grandfather on my Father's side died of Pneumonia and Uremia due to Arteriosclerotic kidney disease. What chances do I have of getting Arteriosclerotic kidney disease and what exactly is it and the symptoms?
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replied March 27th, 2017
Any form of kidney disease that affects the blood flow would result in reduced kidney function, which is the same as chronic renal disease.

Although many forms of kidney disease do not produce symptoms until late in the course of the disease, there are six warning signs of kidney disease:

1. High blood pressure.
2. Blood and/or protein in the urine.

3. A creatnine and Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) blood test, outside the normal range. (BUN and creatinine are waste that build up in your blood when your kidney function is reduced).

4. A glomerular filtration rate (GFR) less than 60. GFR is a measure of kidney function.

5. More frequent urination, particularly at night; difficult or painful urination.

6. Puffiness around eyes, swelling of hands and feet.

If you have the above findings, then it is more likely that you may need to get evaluated for kidney diseases.

The treatment of CKD depends on the underlying condition, and the presence of issues and severity of proteinuria, hypertension, etc.

Only in severe conditions, where the kidney disease is progressing rapidly, does the life expectancy is reduced.

Even in such cases, regular dialysis and procedures like renal transplantation can help to prolong life.

You might consult with a nephrologist along with all the medical reports and he may be able to review them and explain you in specific details about your current status and further management.

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