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Chronic Kidney Disease

Diseases and certain health issues can lead to the impairment of your kidneys, causing chronic kidney disease. The professional team at Kidney Doctors of South Texas, PA, has the expertise and experience to diagnose the root cause of your kidney problems and develop a customized treatment plan for you. To book your appointment today, call the office nearest you in Mission, McAllen, or Rio Grande City, Texas, or use the online booking tool.

Chronic Kidney Disease Q & A

What is chronic kidney disease?

Chronic kidney disease affects about 15% of American adults. Unfortunately, many don’t realize they have it until it’s in its later stages. 

That’s why you should see Dr. Ramos at Kidney Doctors of South Texas, PA: Keith A. Ramos, MD, if you show any signs of this disease, such as fatigue, nausea, swelling in your feet and ankles, shortness of breath, or chest pain.

If not treated, it can lead to other health issues, including:

  • Anemia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Weakened immune system
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease

You can’t sustain life without kidney function. 

What causes chronic kidney disease?

You develop chronic kidney disease when a condition stops your kidney from functioning properly, which causes damage to your kidney, and it can continue to get worse.

Diseases that can cause chronic kidney disease include:

  • Type 1 or type 2 diabetes
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Interstitial nephritis (inflammation of your kidney’s tubules and its surroundings)
  • Glomerulonephritis (inflammation of your kidney’s filtering functions)
  • Polycystic kidney disease (genetic development of many cysts in your kidneys)
  • Vesicoureteral reflux (causes urine to back up into your kidneys)
  • Prolonged obstruction of your urinary tract
  • Pyelonephritis (recurrent kidney infection)

Dr. Ramos and the team at Kidney Doctors of South Texas, PA: Keith A. Ramos, MD, work to find the root cause of your chronic kidney disease and customize treatment for you.

How can I prevent chronic kidney disease?

You can reduce your risk of developing kidney disease in several ways, including:

Follow the directions on your medications

When you take over-the-counter medications, do what the instructions say. If you take too many pain relievers, aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen, you can put yourself at risk for kidney disease.

Don’t smoke

Smoking cigarettes can damage your kidneys and cause them to worsen if you already have damage. If you smoke, Dr. Ramos can offer ways to help you quit.

Keep your weight within a healthy range

If you need to lose weight, focus on strategies to help you shed unwanted pounds. Maintaining a healthy weight and staying physically active can keep your kidneys healthy.

Manage your medical conditions

If you have a disease or condition that could contribute to kidney disease, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, Dr. Ramos can consult with you and work with you on a treatment plan. 

If you suffer from health issues that could lead to chronic kidney disease, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ramos by calling or booking your appointment online today.

Kidney Doctors of South Texas, P.A. | Keith Ramos, M.D.
✆ Phone (appointments): 956-242-0729
✆ Phone (general inquiries): 956-519-2315
Address: 1300 S. Bryan Rd., Ste 106, Mission, TX 78572