If you have Kidney Failure you likely already know that medication dosages are often reduced to lower concentrations in order to avoid the unsafe accumulation of drugs in a Dialysis patient's body due to a lack of urination. However, what most Chronic Kidney Disease patients who conduct Dialysis often do not recognize is the opposite effect is also true.
Canadian Researchers recently reported that "some Beta Blockers (Heart Protection Medication) are easily removed from the blood during [Dialysis] treatment." Needless to say, the removal of necessary Heart Medications during Dialysis Treatments may increase Chronic Kidney Disease Patients’ risk of dying prematurely including from "sudden cardiac death." Especially given the fact that Cardiovascular Disease is a leading cause of death in Chronic Kidney Disease patients.
The issue stems from what is known as "Dialyzability," or the extent to which Beta Blockers are easily removed through Dialysis Treatments. While some Heart Medications have "High Dialyzability" and are easily removed during treatments such as Atenolol, Acebutolol, and Metoprolol; others are harder to remove from circulation ("Low Dialyzability") including Bisoprolol and Propranolol Beta Blockers.
These are very new findings published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Your Nephrologists may not even be aware of these newly breaking concerns yet. Hence, print this article and share it with your Nephrologists to ensure that you are taking the best medications necessary to maintain your heart health and lower your risk of premature death. Also, for the latest breaking news which teaches Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetics how to better manage their lives, such as this, visit your trusted resource - KidneyBuzz.com every day.
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