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Does Dialysis Cause Your Heart Go Bad

2014-04-08 07:17

Does Dialysis Cause Your Heart Go BadMany people require dialysis to treat kidney disease and most of the deaths that occur are caused by cardiovascular disease. Dialysis patients are at elevated risk for sudden cardiac death. Why do dialysis patients have a high risk for heart disease?

Risk of cardiac arrest in dialysis patients is related to age and dialysis duration. A study by the United States Renal Disease Data System indicates longer dialysis duration is associated with higher mortality. This data also leads us to believe that end-stage renal disease is a primary promote of cardiac disease and increased risk for sudden cardiac death. Data also indicates a connection between potassium level in a patient’s dialysate prescription and sudden cardiac death patients who have a cardiac arrest during dialysis were twice as likely to be on low-potassium dialysate versus higher levels of potassium, which were associated with the best survival rates. Renal experts should evaluate and modify dialysate prescription on an ongoing basis in an effort to minimize risk of sudden cardiac death.

As mentioned earlier, cardiac disease is associated with dialysis duration, so it is necessary to shorten dialysis duration. The best way to achieve this effect is to repair kidney damage and improve kidney function. In this regard, we recommend Chinese medicine treatment like Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy, Foot Bath, Medicated Bath, Acupuncture, Tai Qi and Qi Gong, etc to reduce dialysis duration. This is because the ingredients in Chinese Medicines have the ability of providing nutrients for damaged kidney, relieve blood ischemia and hypoxia, stop renal fibrosis as well as repair kidney damage. After these therapies, kidney function can be improved greatly. As long as your kidney function is improved, dialysis may be avoided or the dialysis duration can be shortened. In this way, the risk for cardiac arrest during dialysis can be reduced.

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