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Skipping Dialysis

  • Date Submitted: 07/25/2012 03:27 PM
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Skipping dialysis has these side effects:

High blood pressure (hypertension)
High blood pressure is a leading cause of kidney failure. If you eat too much salt or drink too much fluid while being treated for kidney failure, your high blood pressure may only get worse — which takes a toll on your remaining kidney function. Left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Fluid overload
If you drink more fluids than recommended, you may retain enough fluid to cause life-threatening complications, such as heart failure or fluid accumulation and swelling in the lungs (pulmonary edema).

Inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart (pericarditis)
Insufficient dialysis can lead to inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart, which can interfere with your heart's ability to pump blood to the rest of your body.

High potassium levels (hyperkalemia)
The kidneys normally excrete excess potassium from the body. If your kidneys are failing and you eat more potassium than recommended, your potassium level may become higher than normal. In extreme cases, too much potassium can cause your heart to stop.

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You're the most important member of your health care team — especially when it comes to preventing or correcting problems that can lead to long-term or life-threatening complications.

    * Be diligent about dialysis. Whether you receive dialysis at home or in a dialysis center, do so according to your doctor's directions. Skipping dialysis or not doing dialysis on schedule can lead to complications.
    * Take steps to prevent infection. If you're receiving hemodialysis, keep the access point clean and protect the area from injury. If you're receiving peritoneal dialysis, wash your hands before you handle the catheter, and clean the catheter with...


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