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What Causes Difficult Breathing in ESKD Patients

2017-10-07 03:10

What Causes Difficult Breathing in ESKD PatientsThe full name of ESKD is end stage kidney disease which is usually used to describe the worst kidney condition. In such a stage, a number of symptoms appear. What causes difficult breathing in ESKD patients? Read on to look for the answer.

-Pulmonary edema

In ESKD, your kidneys have been so severely damaged that they can not filter the excess fluid out of body, leading to water retention. If your lungs fill with fluid, you will have difficulty in breathing.

-Abnormal heart rhythm

The failed kidneys can neither filter excess potassium from body. High blood potassium can cause abnormal heart rhythm, and then it is likely for you to suffer from shortness of breath.


The damaged kidneys can not secrete enough erythropoietin to make red blood cells. And the accumulated waste products can shorten the lifespan of red blood cells to make anemia worse. When there are not enough red blood cells to transport oxygen, you feel difficult breathing as well.

-Heart attack

Heart failure is a common complication of end stage renal disease. And it is also the common cause of death for renal failure patients. When you are under heart attack, the blood supply that normally nourishes the heart with oxygen is cut off and then the heart muscle begins to die. As a result, breathing difficult occurs.

-Other causes

When your kidneys fail to work, massive waste products build up in body. When their concentration is very high in body, all body systems will be affected. And then you may suffer from a lot of symptoms besides difficult breathing, such as swelling, skin itching, muscle cramp, cold feeling, weakness, high blood pressure, etc. Without timely treatment for ESKD, your life may even be threatened. Therefore, once you go into end stage, take treatment as early as possible. Apart from dialysis and kidney transplant, there are alternatives, such as Toxin-Removing Treatment. Space limited here, so we do not introduce it in detail.

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