If you want to know more about chronic kidney disease (CKD), this introductory booklet is for you.
Many people have CKD, but most of them feel perfectly well and will never develop kidney failure. However, your kidneys have important jobs in the body. They clean your blood, regulate the chemical balance of your body and keep your blood pressure normal. So if there is anything wrong with your kidneys, your blood pressure may rise. High blood pressure increases your chances of having a heart attack,heart failure or a stroke.
This is why it is important to look after yourself if the doctor discovers you have CKD. This booklet tells you how to take control of your body and protect your circulation. At the end of the booklet, you will find a ‘jargon busting’ section to help explain medical terms. There is also information about finding out more, either from books or online.