What is Chronic Kidney Disease?

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What is Chronic Kidney Disease?


hronic Kidney Disease affects millions of people in the United States. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are more than 3 million newly diagnosed cases each year. With so many people being affected, it is important to understand what exactly our kidneys do for our bodies and what Chronic Kidney Disease is.

Our kidneys are designed to help our body filter waste and excess fluid from our blood. If the kidneys are not functioning properly, waste, excess fluid and even electrolytes can build up to dangerous levels within our bodies. Addressing Chronic Kidney Disease at an early stage is important and can help provide us with the support and knowledge needed to manage this disease. Chronic Kidney Disease is often associated with other chronic illnesses such as Hypertension and Diabetes.

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There are many symptoms of Chronic Kidney Disease that develop over time and, if left unchecked, can cause permanent kidney damage and further progression of the disease.

Here are a few of the common symptoms:

  • High blood pressure (hypertension) that’s difficult to control
  • Shortness of breath, if fluid builds up in the lungs
  • Swelling of the feet and ankles
  • Muscle spasms and cramps
  • Decreased mental acuity
  • Changes in urine output
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea

Many of the symptoms of Chronic Kidney Disease can be associated with other medical conditions. Having one or more of these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have the disease. If you are concerned, you should consult a health care provider.

Established in 2008, North Idaho Nephrology Associates is a privately owned physician clinic that specializes in managing Chronic Kidney Disease and Hypertension. Our goal is to provide quality care through a teamwork approach to treatment that means partnering with local Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers, Dieticians, Dialysis Technicians, Dialysis Units and Hospitals. We strive to serve our community by not only providing access to quality care locally, but also to underserved areas around the Northwest.

Over the past several years, we have been expanding our practice in order to serve our communities more effectively. We now have outreach clinics in Sandpoint, Newport, Kellogg and St. Maries with plans to continue growing our care network. To that end, we are pleased to welcome our newest Physician, Dr. Thuy-Trang Ngo to our staff. Dr. Ngo will be working alongside our current Physicians Dr. Shaun K. Joshi and Dr. Sherwin S. Foster as well as our three Nurse Practitioners and four Physician Assistants.

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