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What you need to know about Renal Artery Stenosis (RAS)

Renal artery stenosis (RAS) is a narrowing of the main artery supplying the kidney. The narrowing can result in a reduction of blood flow to the kidney(s) and therefore a decline in the kidney function.

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Understanding the link between high cholesterol and kidney disease

It has been known for a very long time that people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have a very much higher than normal incidence of cardiovascular disease, such as strokes and heart attacks. We’ve asked consultant nephrologist Dr Christopher Lawrence to explain just when the link between high cholesterol and renal disease was first discovered and how the conditions relate to one another.

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One particular subset Protein in your urine: could it be glomerulonephritis?

Glomerulonephritis is an umbrella term for a group of kidney diseases that affect the blood vessels in your kidney. Glomerulonephritis can cause significant damage to your kidneys if left untreated. The problem is that the symptoms can be nebulous – and diagnosis is difficult. We spoke to leading consultant nephrologist Dr Christopher Lawrence about what symptoms patients should watch out for, and what the doctor will do if they suspect glomerulonephritis.

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- Understanding your diagnosis
- Treating glomerulonephritis


Help! My doctor says I have Chronic Kidney Disease!

Being given a label, or a diagnosis, of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) can be bewildering and frightening at the same time.  
The immediate instinct is to assume the worst and browsing the internet often stokes these fears. Few medical professionals are well versed in kidney problems, for some reason the subject instils fear in non-specialist healthcare professionals and members of the public alike. Traditionally the subject is neglected at medical school and for many doctors remains shrouded in mystique and mystery throughout their careers. In reality the subject is straight forward, logical and follows some basic rules. Kidney doctors don't help themselves. ‘Chronic Kidney Disease’ is in some ways a terrible piece of terminology. It isn't a ‘disease’ at all in fact. It isn't catching (usually!); it doesn't have a single cause; and there isn't a straightforward 'treatment' for it. Chronic Kidney Disease is simply a description of the level of a person's kidney function. A label of Chronic Kidney Disease can be of no significance whatsoever (except perhaps to cause alarm, and put the price of travel insurance up); or conversely it can be of the greatest significance and result in genuinely life changing events.

I set out to demystify the terms doctors use, and the hospital processes that patients experience, when 'diagnosed' with chronic kidney disease. Hopefully this will allow a person with a label of 'Chronic Kidney Disease' to understand their situation; to become an expert patient; to be reassured where reassurance is appropriate and to be empowered and facilitated where reassurance would not be appropriate.