Anemia is a complication of kidney disease caused when the body does not produce enough healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen to organs and tissues throughout the body. Fewer red blood cells mean less oxygen. With less oxygen, organs and tissues cannot function well, the result leaving you to feel weak and tired.
Healthy kidneys produce the hormone erythropoietin (EPO). EPO tells your bone marrow to make red blood cells. If kidneys are damaged and cannot make enough EPO, your bone marrow will not produce enough red blood cells depriving the body of the oxygen it needs.
The symptoms of anemia are:
▪ Chest pain
▪ Problems concentrating
▪ Difficulty breathing
Anemia begins in the early stages of Chronic Kidney Disease and gets progressively worse as kidney function declines. Anemia can result in decreased energy levels and even contribute to heart disease and increased hospitalizations. A simple blood test is possible to identify Anemia.
Kidney and Hypertension Specialists help manage Anemia resulting in a better quality of life.