Dialysis System

What is Dialysis and When is it Necessary?

Our kidneys play a critical role in our bodies, performing many functions to keep our blood clean and chemically balanced.

Kidney functions include:

  • Filtering blood to rid it of metabolic waste products and foreign particles, which helps to regulate blood pressure
  • Balancing body fluid
  • Keeping electrolytes (sodium and potassium being the most important) and water content of the body constant
  • Activating vitamin D,
Doctor Measuring Blood Pressure Of Patient

High Blood Pressure: The Whole Body Disease

There’s a reason why every doctor’s visit, no matter what it’s for, involves having a cuff wrapped around your upper arm and pumped until a nurse or medical assistant stops and says some numbers. Ideally, those numbers are 120 over 80, or slightly lower.

What you may not hear is what those numbers actually mean and why they’re so important.

Man kidney failure, Renal failure against gray background

Preventing Chronic Kidney Disease

It can be easy to miss the signs when our kidneys aren’t functioning properly. But since kidneys are vital to our overall health, it’s important to know what to look for . This is critical if you fall into any at-risk groups, including those with diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney disease.

Kidney Health is Critical to Overall Health

Though our kidneys are small (roughly the size of a fist), they are mighty.

“Kidney health is critical to overall health,” shares Dr. Jusmin Patel, of Sierra Nevada Nephrology Consultants (SNCC). “Our kidneys are powerful chemical factories that keep our bodies functioning properly.”

Our kidneys are working 24/7, providing the vital life-sustaining task of filtering our blood.