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Shortness of Breath with Dialysis

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Shortness of Breath with DialysisMany patients with kidney disease suffer from shortness of breath with dialysis. How dialysis cause shortness of breath?

Why Dialysis is needed?

Dialysis is a substitution treatment for kidney disease. It is amount to an artificial kidney. With kidney disease, kidney is not able to do its job like filtering the waste product and toxins out and keep protein in the blood vessel to protect water from leaking out to other tissues. With the waste products and toxins accumulate in blood more and more, the kidney function become weaker and weaker. In this case, dialysis is needed to replace kidney function and keep the normal activity of our body.

Side-effects of dialysis

Dialysis is needed in an emergent circumstance, and sometimes it is a life saver. But with dialysis, patients will experience many side-effects, such as: anemia, nausea, vomiting, headache, low blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and so on. Of course, shortness of breath is one of the side-effects of dialysis.

Why there will be shortness of breath with dialysis?

Usually, dialysis is used for patients with kidney failure. When one goes into the stage of kidney failure, kidney function is severely damaged.

Anemia: Anemia is a common complication of kidney failure for kidney cannot produce enough red blood cells to maintain the need of our body. With dialysis, this symptom will become worse because some red blood cells may be removed through dialysis. Anemia is a cause of shortness of breath.

Heart failure: Patients with kidney disease may cause heart failure due to reasons like electrolyte disorder, sustained high blood pressure and other factors. Heart failure will cause shortness of breath. Dialysis will aggravate this condition.

Shortness of breath with dialysis is not a small problem, you should consult your doctor while on dialysis if this symptom occurs. To solve this problem, you should give the priority to kidney treatment and kidney function improvement. For more information about how to care kidney, you can send an email to or leave a message below!

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