Dialysis may be a treatment option worth considering for more than 26 million Americans who suffer from chronic kidney disease, and several informational seminars are available, including for those using homecare.
March is National Kidney Month, and Fresenius Medical Care, a dialysis provider, offers monthly sessions on treatment options to those who may begin dialysis treatment, which eliminates waste product
s that weakened kidneys cannot otherwise process on their own.
Patients who are on or are considering starting dialysis treatment should be mindful of several recent studies if they don't attend the seminars, including its interaction with the blood thinner warfarin and a new efficacy study about large-membrane dialysis.
Large membrane dialysis did not provide an improved survival rate overall, said researchers from the Manzoni hospital in Italy, but it did benefit those with a higher risk profile and those who suffered from diabetes
University of Virginia physical therapists report that patients can reduce the breakdown in muscle that occurs by incorporating exercise during treatment.
Each year, 90,000 new patients experience kidney failure that requires dialysis or a kidney transplant, according to national statistics.