New Hope For People With Kidney Disease and on Dialysis

Posted by newsinfusion on Mar. 12, 2010

For more info visit www.newsinfusion.comMarch 11, 2010 - As the U.S. population ages and the incidence of diabetes and high blood pressure rises, the number of end-stage renal (kidney) disease patients receiving dialysis is expected to increase dramatically in coming years. Kidney dialysis is a life-saving treatment, with one major problem: it requires repeated medical procedures to unclog blood vessels or it stops working. And once patients run out of dialysis access sites due to blockages, their only option is a transplant – with a long waiting list.Chronic kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the U.S. But for the 500,000 people on dialysis or living with a transplanted kidney, and those people who may be at risk, a new treatment could extend the time kidney dialysis patients can be treated with dialysis before needing a kidney transplant.In dialysis, veins that support the procedure cannot do so over the long term. They collapse and need to be opened, typically with balloon ...

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