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High potassium and kidney disease

The symptoms and complications of high potassium

Everyone needs potassium to survive. It helps your muscles work, including the muscles that control your heartbeat and breathing. Your body uses the potassium it needs and the extra potassium is removed from your blood by your kidneys. When you have kidney disease, your kidneys cannot remove extra potassium in the right way, and too much potassium can stay in your blood. Having too much potassium in your blood is called high potassium, or hyperkalemia.

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With midterm election campaigns in full swing, it’s important that your legislators hear from you. Tell your elected officials why they should care about kidney disease. More than 30 million Americans are affected by kidney disease; nearly 500,000 depend on dialysis, and close to 200,000 are living with kidney transplants. Congress needs to be aware of what their constituents with kidney disease face every day.

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Why I dialyze at home

Webinar: Why I dialyze at home

As many families of dialysis patients will tell you, dialysis affects more than just the kidney patient. And when a dialysis patient is a teenager, their caregiver, who is often a parent, plays an even greater role. During our next webinar, Nazar Mokrushin, a 15-year-old kidney patient, and his mother, Nadia Mokrushin, will share their experience with dialysis, and specifically how home hemodialysis has helped them take back control of their lives.

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Athlete conquers childhook kidney disease

Athlete conquers childhood kidney disease and her own mental and physical limits

There’s a famous quote, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” and I’m living proof that it’s true. As a child growing up in the south of France, in Corsica—a beautiful Island just north Sardinia—my single mom did everything she could to teach me how to be a better person, healthy, active, and to give back to people who needed it. We didn’t know that I was about to become the person who needed it.

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Common PKD questions

Answers to 8 common PKD questions

Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a genetic kidney disease that affects approximately 600,000 people in the United States and accounts for about 2% of all new kidney failure cases annually. Our infographic answers some of the common questions about the different types of PKD, PKD symptoms and how PKD affects patients’ lives.

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