What is Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)?
CKD is a global epidemic that strikes silently. Over time, this disease lowers your overall quality of life. Not only is CKD irreversible, but it remains largely undetected until severe levels of dysfunction are noted. Today’s technology can only diagnose the disease through blood and urine testing, however, recent diagnostic criteria are allowing physicians to detect CKD earlier. Though new criteria for early detection have proved promising, it has not significantly slowed the incidence or lowered the prevalence of CKD to date. Even worse, treatment expenditures continue to rise.
What role does a primary-care physician (PCP) play in my overall health?
Severe kidney disease leads to a disorder in the physiologic functioning of every cell in the body; thus, a patient’s total body functioning is altered. At K. Care IPA, your PCP – who is usually a family doctor or internal medicine physician – is also your Nephrologist. That physician is committed to learning about you as a patient and as an individual. By using that knowledge, the physician works with you to make the most informed decisions about your health and wellness.
You’ll see your PCP/Nephrologist for routine health visits such as checkups and screenings, as well as for minor and chronic illnesses. You will also see the same PCP/Nephrologist when undergoing your chronic kidney disease therapy of choice.
How does K. Care’s background in kidney health impact overall patient care?
The kidneys are central to everyone’s complete health. Kidney disease – while possible at any stage of life – is increasingly common as we age and manage a variety of ailments. Our expertise helps us to identify conditions affecting the kidney and vice-versa that may contribute to declining health. Knowing your unique body functioning, inside and out, helps us to recognize when we can be aggressive and proactive in evaluating symptoms and finding solutions.