How does Dialysis Affect Our body in the long term

Posted On Aug 28, 2022 |

Dialysis takes over the work of kidney function in case of kidney failure. Remember, Dialysis is an artificial process to purify the blood.

How does Dialysis Affect Our body in the long term

Dialysis takes over the work of kidney function in case of kidney failure.

Remember, Dialysis is an artificial process to purify the blood and has long-term implications.

Many patients go through several health issues related to Dialysis. Some of these are short-term and some long-term. The majority of problems are associated with the heart and bones. Let's discuss a couple of common problems :

1. Heart diseases:

As per nephrologists and dialysis technicians, the flow speed of blood during dialysis puts extra pressure on the heart of the patients. Over a period of time, several problems associated with it come into play.

The pressure felt on the chest, fluctuations in blood pressure, and palpitations during and after the treatment are the most common problems seen.

As a part of replacing the fluid in and between the cells in the blood after the dialysis gets finished, the amount of fluid start increasing in the nerves, which results in a repeating workload on the heart.

Extracting a lot of fluid in less period of time results in Hypotension i.e. low blood pressure. It directly affects the heart and access to dialysis.

When there is excess fluid in the blood, blood pressure rises and veins become rigid hence the heart needs to work more.

The best way to protect the heart and keep it healthy is to have blood pressure and weight under control. One must keep check dry weight followed by a regular BCM test.

2. Bone diseases:

The formation of crystals in the blood due to the high intake of calcium-phosphorus products causes bone diseases.

Due to the occurrence of high phosphate in the body, the balance is maintained by pulling too much calcium from the bones, over a long period of time.

The bones become weak and brittle and start causing joint pains, bone pains, and sometimes bone fractures.

The best way to consume low phosphorus food along with phosphate binders. To keep bones healthy, patients take vitamin D capsules along with calcium. Excess or low levels of vitamin D in the body results in the disturbance in the values of para thyroid hormones, which again results in the weakening of bones. There is a fine but difficult balance that needs to be maintained between calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D for long-term patients to keep their bones healthy.

Categories: CKD, dialysis, Kidney

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