Understanding Chronic Kidney Disease
March 10, 2016
Dialysis Vascular Access: Fistula First
The statistics are staggering – annual healthcare costs in the trillions. One in three Americans at risk. More lives taken than breast or prostate cancer. Worst of all, an astonishing 90 percent of those who actually have it have no idea. What is this silent killer? It’s kidney disease. Please join The Balancing Act as we observe National Kidney Awareness Month. Know the risk factors and symptoms and find out if you are one of the millions who are either at risk, or already suffering from kidney disease. Learn what the five stages of kidney disease are. And if you’re already fighting the disease, you need to prepare for the possibility of dialysis. When it comes to this crucial life-saving tool, you need to know all the facts long before dialysis begins. Sadly, most Americans who are on dialysis aren’t using the safest, most effective method of receiving dialysis treatment. What is it? It’s called a fistula, and it could be saving countless dialysis patients from both financial and physical burdens.
Behind the Mystery is a special segment dedicated to revolutionizing the way the health care system works for those suffering from a rare and genetic disorder.
Behind the Mystery takes a closer look at one of the two types of Polycystic Kidney disease. Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease, or ADPKD, is a rare, genetic condition.
Behind the Mystery takes a closer look at Blastic Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm, a rare disease that is often misdiagnosed and affects at least 500 to 1,000 patients each year in the U.S.