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What Causes Shortness of Breath for Kidney Patients


2014-01-16 03:12

What Causes Shortness of Breath for Kidney PatientsMany kidney patients complain about shortness of breath. What causes the shortness of breath? In the following, you may find that many factors can contribute to it.

Anemia

Kidney patients often suffer from anemia. As we all know, kidney has many functions, one of which is to excrete erythropoietin. It is related with the production of red blood cells. Once the kidney goes wrong, there is not enough erythropoietin. Besides, because of too much wastes and toxins building up in the blood, the life span of red blood cells will decrease. All in all, the amount of red blood cells reduces due to kidney impairment, resulting in anemia. Red blood cells are responsible for transporting oxygen to all the organs. Not enough red blood cells means not enough oxygen, so you are easy to feel shortness of breath.

Serious fluid retention

Kidney plays an important role in balancing the fluid in the body. Once the kidney fails to work, fluid may be retained in the body. With the progression of kidney disease, your edema may become more and more serious. And if you do not pay attention to your intake of fluid and salt, it will also exacerbate your fluid retention. If the fluid collects in the numerous air sacs in the lungs, it will make you difficult to breathe.

Metabolic Acidosis

Another kidney function is to keep the acid-base balance in the body. The failed kidney can not remove the metabolic acidic substances from the body, such as phosphoric acid and sulfuric acid. They will cause metabolic acidosis, which stimulates your respiratory system to breath out of carbon dioxide so that you may feel short of breath.

Low Blood Pressure

Kidney patients, especially dialysis patients are more possible to suffer from low blood pressure due to too much fluid taken way from your body immediately or taking hypotensive drugs before dialysis. Low blood pressure can bring you shortness of breath.

Side effects of medicine

Immunosupressor are not uncommon for kidney patients. Some of them such as Basiliximab may cause shortness of breath if you eat it for long term.

From the above, we can see that shortness of breath is caused by kidney impairment. To improve the kidney function is the fundamental way to treat it. If you would like to know how to improve kidney function, you can leave us a message or email to kidneyabc@hotmail.com.


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