Chronic Kidney Disease Chapter 11
- Intro to Chronic Kidney Disease (VIDEO)
- Anemia and Chronic Kidney Disease (VIDEO)
- Watch a Kidney Transplant (VIDEO)
- When Kidneys Decline
- Filtration Units
- Balancing Act
- The Source of Vitality
- What Causes CKD?
- Risk Factors
- Diabetes and Hypertension: Causes of CKD
- Anemia, CKD, and Heart Disease
- Symptoms of CKD
- Diagnosing CKD
- Taking Action
- Food for CKD
- Just Enough to Drink
- Healthy Behavior
- A Miracle of Medicine: Kidney Dialysis and Transplant
- To Your Health: A New Beginning
Anemia, CKD, and Heart Disease
The Link Joining CKD and Heart DiseaseWhen the kidneys are damaged, they don't produce enough of the hormone erythropoietin (EPO) to create an adequate number of red blood cells, resulting in anemia. The heart tries to compensate for the lack of red blood cells by pumping even harder, eventually enlarging the heart and causing more cardiovascular damage. The weakened heart can no longer pump sufficient amounts of blood to the body's tissues. Fluid waste, or edema, begins to back up into the lungs, and it becomes difficult to breathe. The final result is congestive heart failure.
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