Monday March 30, 2020

Know About the Importance of Kidney Health

How important it is to know your kidney's health

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Maintaining a proper kidney health is a major healthcare burden in both the developing and the developed world. Pixabay

BY DR PARTHA PRADEEP SHETTY

Kidney disease is a major healthcare burden in both the developing and the developed world with a global prevalence of approximately 850 million people worldwide. The modifiable risk factors for the development of kidney disease are on the rise, which mainly include lifestyle diseases, which are not often closely monitored and treated appropriately.

The global burden of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is increasing and is projected to become the 5th most common cause of deaths globally by 2040. Chronic Kidney Disease is a major cause of catastrophic health expenditure. The cost of dialysis and transplantation consume 2-3 per cent of the annual healthcare budget in high-income countries; spent on less than 0.03 per cent of the total population of these countries. In low-income and middle-income countries, most people with kidney failure have insufficient access to lifesaving dialysis and kidney transplantation.

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The global burden of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is increasing and is projected to become the 5th most common cause of deaths globally by 2040. Pixabay

Diseases like diabetes, obesity and hypertension are on the rise and in many centres, more so in the developing world, are not adequately treated and monitored, leading to a rise in the incidence and also in the acceleration of kidney disease in select populations. Use of native and alternate forms of medicines to treat non-kidney ailments and use of painkillers and kidney toxic antibiotics often results in kidney disease which adds tremendously to the global burden.

This year World Kidney Day it becomes important to raise awareness of the increasing burden of kidney diseases worldwide and strive for kidney health for everyone, everywhere. World kidney day 2020 aims at primary prevention that is making attempts to prevent or delay the onset of kidney disease in the select at risk populations and also aims at secondary prevention that includes early diagnosis and treatment of kidney ailments, some of which if treated on time can completely reverse kidney disease.

Tertiary prevention translates to management of mortality and morbidity by treating advanced disease like early and timely institution of renal replacement therapies in the form of dialysis and kidney transplant, respectively.

Primary prevention of kidney disease requires the modification of risk factors, including diabetes mellitus and hypertension, unhealthy diets, structural abnormalities of the kidney and urinary tracts, or nephrotoxicity levels. Preventative primary interventions include promoting healthy lifestyles, including physical activity and healthy diets, screening for patients at higher CKD risk with the aid of urine and blood tests and keeping screening data in a CKD registry.

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This year World Kidney Day it becomes important to raise awareness of the increasing burden of kidney diseases worldwide and strive for kidney health for everyone, everywhere. Pixabay

In persons with pre-existing kidney disease, secondary prevention, including blood pressure optimization and glycemic control, is the main goal of education and clinical interventions which can be achieved by low salt, protein, as well as plant and pharmacotherapy.

In patients with advanced CKD, management of co-morbidities such as uremia and cardiovascular disease is of high priority.

Towards the importance of the “Prevention approach” of kidney diseases and kidney failures to be recognized, state healthcare departments and hospitals need to initiate promotion programmes for healthcare professionals, including nephrology fellowship programs and non-specialist training; effective and efficient education and awareness programs for the general population and partnerships for patient empowerment are key.

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Patient empowerment is more applicable to the developing world which mainly includes increasing patient awareness regarding usage of potentially harmful agents and also performing periodic testing for the presence of the development of kidney disease. (IANS)

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Credihealth Launches Dedicated Tele/Video Consultation Service

The platform now offers the service with 20+ hospitals across India

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As the country experiences a lockdown and as the hospitals operating at a minimal service level, the need for medical assistance for the common man is expected to grow at an unprecedented rate. Pixabay

Credihealth, India’s first digital health gateway, announced its launch of a dedicated tele/ video consultation service with India’s leading hospitals. In the wake of the COVD-19 outbreak and as highlighted by our honourable PM Sh. Narendra Modi, tele/ video consultations are the need of the hour. This service focuses on bridging the gap between seriously ill patients and doctors.

 As the country experiences a lockdown and as the hospitals operating at a minimal service level, the need for medical assistance for the common man is expected to grow at an unprecedented rate. The ailing patients are confined into their homes, unable to get treatment. To bridge this gap, Credihealth has launched this dedicated service for cancer, cardiac and other tertiary care specialities. Speaking of the recent development, Mr. Ravi Virmani, Founder and Managing Director, Credihealth said, “Credihealth was started 7 years back with an aim to bring healthcare for all. Through this unique service, Credihealth is providing fast, secure and reliable access to serious illness patients in the current lockdown scenario. Currently we are offering the service for hospitals in Delhi NCR, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai and Hyderabad and would soon be adding other key cities. These are testing times for all, and we would like to assist all in need of medical assistance.” Through the service the patients can book appointments with doctors from hospitals like Medanta, Nanavati, Fortis, AIG, Wockhardt, Manipal, Yatharth, AMRI, CARE  and more.

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Credihealth, India’s first digital health gateway, announced its launch of a dedicated tele/ video consultation service with India’s leading hospitals.

The consultations can be booked through Credihealth’s web portal and Android App where the hospitals and doctors are connected on the Credihealth platform. Hospitals and doctors have dedicated specific hours of the day, and patients can book online from the comfort of their homes. The appointments are at a nominal fee. The healthcare company is already seeing a huge rise in the number of requests for the service and is soon going to add more hospitals in the offering. Credihealth is equipped to accommodate hospitals for patients inTier II and Tier III cities for COVID-19 and other serious ailments.

About Credihealth:

Credihealth is India’s leading online health portal. The platform is aimed at providing a hassle-free experience for patients seeking healthcare in India. Credihealth is in trusted partnerships with 650+ leading hospitals across the country and more than 35000+ doctors are engaged with this reliable platform. 

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As a part of its continued commitment, the organization offers priority appointments, in-hospital assistance, second opinion, online medicine orders, diagnostics, video consultations, and more. The medical experts at Credihealth help patients in making the right decision about their medical needs. The technology-driven platform allows users to compare treatment costs and avail time-saving services. 

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