The confidence to live with chronic kidney disease
The kidneys play a crucial role in the body – they filter the blood, keeping some compounds while removing others, control the production of red blood cells, make vitamins that control growth, release hormones that help regulate blood pressure, help regulate blood pressure, red blood cells, and the amount of certain nutrients in the body, such as calcium and potassium, and Help remove waste and excess fluid from the body.
Source: National Kidney Foundation
Chronic kidney disease, also known as chronic renal failure, is a progressive condition that eventually leads to kidney failure. People with chronic kidney disease may need dialysis or a kidney transplant to stay healthy.
Medical ID bracelet: should I get one?
Those living with a chronic kidney condition may not think they need a medical bracelet, especially if they are successfully managing it. However, in an emergency, first responders and emergency care professionals will need to know how to care for you – so that you receive the best possible care, at the moment you need it.
A MedicAlert ID will provide the most crucial information about your health. First responders are trained to look for medical IDs bracelets, bands, and necklaces. When you pair your ID with a MedicAlert membership, first responders can contact our 24/7 emergency response team and obtain your full digital health profile – which could be life-saving during an emergency.
MedicAlert IDs come in a wide variety of styles, designed to suit different preferences and activity levels. If you’re a triathlete, for instance, you might want one of our active silicone bands for your kidney bracelet. Or, you might prefer a stylish jewelry-style option. All our products can effectively communicate essential medical information.
The importance of a chronic kidney disease medical ID bracelet
Wearing a medical ID at all times ensures your medical conditions are immediately known in an emergency.
When first responders see your MedicAlert ID, they know to contact MedicAlert to get your complete health record.
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What should you engrave on kidney failure medical ID bracelet?
We make it easy at MedicAlert to engrave the most important information on your kidney medical ID. Because it’s so easy to misspell complex medical terminology, we offer a list of conditions and medications for our custom engraving options that are proofed and verified. That way, you can rest easy knowing that your medical ID will be accurate.
You should have any chronic conditions, including kidney disease, engraved on your kidney necklace or bracelet. You should also include any medications you take and other important medical info that could be crucial during an emergency.
About chronic kidney disease
There are many different kidney diseases, but chronic kidney disease is the most common condition affecting these crucial organs. Diabetes is a major risk factor for chronic kidney disease, as is high blood pressure. Older people and those with a family history of kidney disease are more likely to be affected.
Another serious kidney condition is polycystic kidney disease, which is a genetic condition that causes the growth of cysts in the kidneys. It can ultimately cause kidney failure. Less severe kidney issues include glomerulonephritis and kidney stones, which are painful but not typically dangerous to long-term health.
Kidney disease diagnosis and common abbreviations
Many chronic kidney disease symptoms are difficult to notice until they become severe, as there may be many possible causes. Symptoms like fatigue and difficulty sleeping or concentrating can be attributed to many other issues in everyday life.
However, other symptoms, like frequent urination at night, swollen feet or ankles, puffy eyes, and dry skin that feels scaly are more unusual and sometimes cause people to search for solutions. Once kidney disease is suspected, a doctor can perform kidney function tests, which may involve blood and urine tests, imaging, and/or a biopsy.
You’ll likely see a few different medical abbreviations used to discuss kidney disease during the diagnostic process. Some of the most common include:
- CKD: medical abbreviation meaning chronic kidney disease.
- ESRD: medical abbreviation meaning end-stage renal disease. This describes kidney disease that has progressed to kidney failure.
- GN: medical abbreviation for glomerulonephritis, a kidney issue that usually resolves on its own.
- PKD: medical abbreviation meaning polycystic kidney disease. This is a genetic condition that can lead to kidney failure.
- DKD: medical abbreviation for diabetic kidney disease.
Treatments for kidney disease
Unfortunately, there is no cure for chronic kidney disease. However, medications may be prescribed to help manage symptoms like excessive swelling from fluid buildup. High blood pressure medication might also be prescribed.
Once kidney disease progresses, dialysis (artificial filtration of the blood) is typically necessary. Ideally, those with end-stage renal disease will receive a kidney transplant. Only one kidney is necessary for the body’s normal functions, so live donation is an option.
As with any medical condition, you should consult your doctor for specific instructions on managing your condition.
Post-surgery kidney transplant bracelet
Whether your kidney disease has not yet progressed or you’re on dialysis and hoping for a transplant, you need to consider a medical ID bracelet now and even after a kidney transplant. There are so many benefits to wearing emergency medical identification.
After you get a kidney transplant, wearing a medical ID bracelet is very important. With any organ transplant, you’ll likely be on anti-rejection medications, which can suppress your immune system. It’s always important for emergency professionals to know your transplant status, the medications you’re taking and your complete medical history. A kidney transplant medical bracelet is the perfect tool to keep you protected after your surgery.