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Chronic Kidney Diease-Facts

  • 26 million Americans have CKD and millions of others are at increased risk.
  • Early detection can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure.
  • Heart disease is the major cause of death for all people with CKD.
  • Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is the best estimate of kidney function.
  • Hypertension causes CKD and CKD causes hypertension.
  • Persistent proteinuria (protein in the urine) means CKD is present..
  • High risk groups include those with diabetes, hypertension and family history of kidney disease.
  • African-Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans and Seniors are at increased risk.

http://www.kidney.org/kidneydisease/

  • Three simple tests can detect CKD: blood pressure, urine albumin and serum creatinine.
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