100 Questions & Answers About Kidney Dialysis by Lawrence E. Stam

By Lawrence E. Stam

No matter if you're a newly clinically determined sufferer with persistent kidney sickness, or have a pal or relative present process kidney dialysis, this e-book bargains aid. a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Kidney Dialysis offers authoritative, sensible solutions on your questions on kidney dialysis, together with education, food, issues, and protecting a fit way of life. Insider counsel and recommendation are given from either physicians and genuine sufferers making this ebook is a useful source for the 20 million americans dealing with the actual and emotional turmoil of this affliction.

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More . . QXD 6/12/09 3:11 PM Page 54 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT KIDNEY DIALYSIS 29. What is a nephrologist? A nephrologist is a medical doctor who has received specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases. After 4 years of college and 4 years of medical school, an MD or DO (Doctor of Osteopathy) degree is awarded. The nephrologist has also received 3 years of training as a resident in internal medicine where he or she has studied and managed a large number of different medical problems.

The modern laptop computer can allow highly motivated and accomplished patients to write letters, answer e-mail, and research presentations all while receiving dialysis treatment. Other patients prefer their dialysis treatment time to be work free and would rather watch television, read, or sleep on dialysis. Certainly, you should not depend upon working while receiving dialysis. Episodes of low blood pressure, machine alarms, and the measuring of vital signs including heart rate and blood pressure every 15 to 30 minutes by the dialysis staff may make the idea of working on hemodialysis overly optimistic for many patients.

Very rarely, power outages or problems with the water supply may make it impossible for a dialysis center to treat patients for a short period of time. In most instances, missing or postponing a single hemodialysis treatment does not result in a catastrophe. If patients are having effective dialysis treatments, adhering to their diet and fluid restrictions, and taking their medications properly, dialysis can be rescheduled for later the same day or even the next day safely. Patients who are not receiving good dialysis or keeping their diet may develop puffiness around the face, fluid in the legs, and shortness of breath.

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