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Breath Shortness among People on Dialysis

2013-09-01 17:03

Breath Shortness among People on DialysisDialysis is the first-line treatment for people with kidney failure.If the patients can adjust to it,the patients can live a longer and high-quality life.However,as dialysis only can take over a partial kidney function,the patients often experience a host of complications.Breath shortness commonly occurs among people on dialysis.

Causes of breath shortness among people on Dialysis

Dialysis can help the body get rid of excess fluid and waste in the body, but it is not as effective as healthy kidneys. Healthy kidneys can function ceaselessly in 24 hours a day,7 days a week.

However, the patients only do hemodialysis three times a week for about three or more hours at a time.Between dialysis treatments, wastes and fluid will build up in body again.

If you do not have restrict fluid limitation, it is very likely to cause high build-up of fluid in body. If your lung is flooded with fluid, it will result in breath shortness.

Besides breath shortness,building up of fluid in body also can cause the following side effects.

*High blood pressure

*Heart problem, which can include a fast pulse, weakened heart muscles and an enlarged heart

*A sudden drop to low blood pressure

How to relieve breath shortness among dialysis patients?

Fluid restriction plays a vital role in reliving breath shortness of among dialysis patients. Also it can help the patients feel comfortable before, during and after dialysis.

Fluid restriction may vary for each individual patient. How much fluid to drink is up to weight gain between treatments,urine output and swelling.You need to consult with a dietitian to decide your fluid intake.Or you can chat with our medical professional to get to know how much fluid to drink each day.

Apart from breath shortness, dialysis patients may also experience muscle cramp, headache, nausea etc.If you are suffering these conditions, you can ask for help from us. Email: kidneyabc@hotmail.com .

If you send us email, please leave your phone number or WhatsApp/Viber (with country code) in email so that our renal expert can communicate with you timely and directly. We will do utmost to help you solve the problems.

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