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Is There A Treatment For High Creatinine Other Than Dialysis
Treat the cause: Kidney disease is the most likely cause of high creatinine. Treating obstruction of the urinary tract, infection of the kidneys and possible drug damage or autoimmune diseases like lupus need to be considered before committing to life long dialysis. A discussion with your doctor is needed. You need to be certain that you need dialysis in order to tolerate the life style changes coming to you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Simple answer is that it is a medical technology used primarily to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Hemodialysis remove wastes and excess water from the blood by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer. Blood and dialysate flow through in opposite directions and the ...Read more
Azotemia: High blood urea nitrogen and creatinine together. Please keep in mind that today's "normal creatinine / normal estimated gfr" make all well-muscled men into instant kidney patients, and that eating a big steak can raise your BUN above the reference range. Common sense and a basic knowledge of biology's central to understanding labs. ...Read more
No absolute number: No absolute number. Infants have been successfully transplanted as well as a few recipients in their 80s. It would be uncommon to receive a kidney transplant over age 75. The degree of co-morbidity (other diseases) are often the limiting factor, in particular heart and vascular disease. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Stem Cells: There is much going on regarding the use of stem cells in patients with renal failure. Areas that appear to be the most researched right now are improving kidney function with stem cells and the use of stem cells in patients who have had a kidney transplant. Hoever, all of this work is still in the "infant" stage with much work to be done before stem cells become a routine treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is gfr for kidneys a reliable way to assess kidney function in someone already diagnosed with high BP? If so, is a gfr of 50 for 4 months of concern?
Many: There could be many explanations. This could be a serious problem, so i recommend you talk to your doctor soon. ...Read more
With high blood pressure and type 1 diabetes is there a particular BP medication that would be better than others?
Blood pressure: Blood pressure is extremely complex and different patients respond differently to different antihypertensives. However, patients with diabetes and high blood pressure should be on an ace inhibitor or arb for blood pressure control and kidney protection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
BNP: Bnp=brain natriuretic peptide , is a neuro hormone produced by heart ventricles. It is diagnostic ; prognostic marker. Your 319 means you have mild heart failure;can get worse. Bnp<100 means no heart failure;100-300;above CHF present and not COPD as cause of wheezing ; breathlessness. 301to600=mild; 601to900=moderate; >901=severe chf. Please avoid alcohol. Bnp is also for treatment of chf. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
VeryLowCarb, Hi Fat: Cholesterol, a fat sterol molecule made by every single animal cell, is not the primary or correct issue for artery disease. The correct issue is the fat carrying particles called HDL & ldl; look up "nmr particle test" on google. I have answered these & similar questions many times previously on healthtap, please look. Ancel keys promoted the myths about cholesterol & saturated fat foods. ...Read more
Is there an objective measure for hydration levels, like there is for glucose, cholesterol, BP, etc.?
No: Hi. Simple answer, no. Hydration (or dehydration) can be inferred by a number of means including orthostatic vital signs (lying, sitting, standing), and in rarer cases, serum electrolytes. The gold standard is left and right sided heart catheterization with pressure measurement, fairly invasive and very expensive. ...Read more
Are gluc levels sort of like BP in that it is higher (or lower) some days for reasons other than dietary...reasons even unknown (many variables)?
3 modalities: There are 3 modalities to treat cancer- surgery ( if localized and if possible to be done) . A radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Treatment of cancer can use only one modality or could require combination of 2 or all of the above- depending on the type of cancer, the stage, the goal of therapy and overall condition of the patient. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is there a good alternative medicine for hardening of the arteries for someone with high cholesterol?
High cholesterol: There are good medicines to treat elevated cholesterol. In addition to the medicines patients should be on a low fat diet, maintain appropriate body weight and exercise regularly. The american heart association website is a good resource for diet recommendations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How to reduce the level of creatinine for a patient who is diatebetic for more than 30yrs and what is the normal value ?
0.6-1.2 mg/dL: Normal level of creatinine is about 1mg per 100 ml of serum. There is no easy way to reduce increased levels of creatinine, expect if the patient is dehydrated giving fluids helps. There are medications that protect the kidney in diabetics and you should consult your doctor for continued care and managing blood glucose levels to prevent further damage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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