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Impaired Kidney Function, Ambulatory Care

Impaired kidney function

is when your kidneys are not working as well as they should. Normally, kidneys remove fluid, chemicals, and waste from your blood. These wastes are turned into urine by your kidneys. If impaired kidney function is not treated or gets worse, it may lead to long-term kidney disease or kidney failure.

Support kidney function:

  • Manage other health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease. These conditions stress your kidneys.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider before you take over-the-counter-medicine. NSAIDs, stomach medicine, or laxatives may harm your kidneys.
  • Limit alcohol. Ask how much alcohol is safe for you to drink. A drink of alcohol is 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1½ ounces of liquor.
  • Do not smoke. Smoking harms your kidneys. If you smoke, it is never too late to quit. Ask for information if you need help quitting.

Seek immediate care for the following symptoms:

  • A fast heartbeat
  • Sudden chest pain or trouble breathing
  • A seizure

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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