February is graced with Valentine’s Day! A day of love, and a day of heart. Commonly the heart is known as the seat of emotions, like love. Medically speaking however, the heart works with the kidneys to keep you moving and your blood flowing.
Your heart and kidneys are two important organs in your body. They work together to keep you healthy. When one is affected, the other is too. In other words, your heart can affect the health of your kidneys, and your kidneys can affect the health of your heart.
The heart pumps blood filled with oxygen to all of the organs of the body, which of course includes the kidneys as well. Blood supplies important oxygen and nutrients to the organs and then carries away any accumulated waste and extra water from the organs and body cells. The kidneys filter out these waste products and excess water. The newly filtered and clean blood then returns to the bloodstream where it is ready to be given more oxygen by the lungs and pumped out to the body again by the heart. For people with healthy kidneys, this cycles continues every second of the day, every day of your life.
Without proper kidney function, the blood would become filled with large amount of waste from the body’s daily activities. This waste build-up results with cellular damage to organ systems. If your kidneys don’t work right, they do a less than optimum job, leaving you feeling tired and/or sick. You can live comfortably with just one healthy kidney. But if you lose significant function in both kidneys, dialysis steps in to take the place to clean your blood for you. It’s life saving!
There are multiple modes of dialysis. Many people like the comradery of in-center hemodialysis, others like peritoneal dialysis done at home, while still others like home hemodialysis. If you have been diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease, talk to your doctor or nurse practitioner about which option is best for you about a year before you need to make a choice. At Cleveland Kidney and Hypertension, Inc., we’re here to help.
Disclaimer: This blog should not be used as medical advice. Always consult your doctor before following the ideas presented here.
Cleveland Kidney & Hypertension Consultants Inc. provides distinguished, superior medical care. We specialize in kidneys, hypertension, ESRD and dialysis. We collaborate closely with the best doctors in Cleveland, for a comprehensive approach to your total well being.