Healthy kidneys work to filter waste products and excess fluids from the blood and flush them from the body in urine. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a gradual, progressive condition in which the kidneys suffer damage over time and lose their ability to properly filter the blood.
Approximately 26 million adults in the U.S. have CKD, and millions more are at risk. In the early stages, you may not know your kidneys are not working optimally, because they have a remarkable ability to compensate. High-risk groups include those with diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and a family history of kidney disease.
Early detection and treatment to manage CKD can slow the progression of the disease and prevent kidney failure, so it is critical to be tested routinely if you are in a high-risk group. Learn more about chronic kidney disease:
For chronic kidney disease management, call Florida Kidney Physicians or request an appointment online. Our nephrologists see patients at seven offices throughout the Tampa metro area in Hillsborough and Pasco County, West Florida and 6 offices in Southeast Florida from Delray Beach to Hallandale Beach.