Kidneys are a vital part of the human anatomy, filtering wastes and any excess fluids from the bodies blood stream. These wastes and excess fluids are excreted from the body via our urine.
Chronic kidney disease can occur when the body experiences a progressive and significant loss of kidney function. If left undetected and untreated, chronic kidney disease can result in harmful levels of excess wastes and fluid building up within the body.
Chronic kidney disease currently affects over 1.7 million Australians and also affects up to 10% of the world’s population, and as it is often undetected, the incidences of chronic kidney disease is conceivably higher than reported.
There are those in the population who are higher risk of developing chronic kidney disease, are those who have:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Have a family history of kidney disease
Patients who are taking medication that may affect kidney function, smoke or are obese have a higher chance of being diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.
Southport Metro Medical Centre based at Southport on the Gold Coast, have been treating and managing patients for many years who have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.
After discussing any family history of chronic kidney disease, our GP’s at Southport Metro Medical Centre will undertake blood tests, urine tests, imaging and if necessary, recommend a kidney biopsy if it is suspected you are suffering from chronic kidney disease.
As with all diseases, early diagnosis gives the best possible outcome for a patient’s health so it is imperative if you suffer from any symptoms that you consult a GP as soon as possible. Chronic kidney disease can lead to irreversible kidney damage and the need for dialysis.
Call to make an appointment with our medical centre today on 1300 011 925 if you or a family member are in the high risk category or are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Loss of appetite
- Unusual tiredness
- Changes in usual urination patterns
- Cramping of muscles
- Swollen feet or ankles
- Pains in the chest
- Shortness of breath
You can rest assured of receiving quality medical care at Southport Metro Medical Centre. Our team of highly qualified, experienced and caring GP’s are committed to providing quality patient care for patients with chronic kidney disease.
Call Southport Metro Medical Centre on 1300 011 925 to make an appointment with one of our GP’s.