Donate to Kidney Disease Research, Patient Care and Education

Every year, more than 30 million people are diagnosed with kidney disease in the United States. Signs and symptoms of kidney disease can be limited in the early stages, and this disease often progresses silently to a more advanced stage. Patients being treated for high blood pressure and diabetes are often tested for kidney disease, and it is especially  important that the kidneys be monitored for hypertension (high blood pressure), as well as for electrolyte management and acid-based kidney problems. 

Symptoms of kidney disease may include the following:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Limited appetite, fatigue and weakness
  • Swelling of feet and ankles
  • Chest pain and persistent itches
  • Changes in urination and sleeping patterns

By making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help physicians and scientists at Northwestern Medicine to advance research and treatment in the realm of kidney disease. Your generosity will help Northwestern Medicine to continue to provide the most complete and most contemporary care to people who have developed, or who are at risk of developing, kidney disease.

The expert nephrologists at Northwestern Medicine treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Acute and chronic kidney failure
  • Electrolyte and acid-based problems
  • Glomerular disease
  • Hypertension
  • Kidney disease
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Proteinuria in general and transplant patients
  • Renal disease and renal failure

Comprehensive, personalized treatment programs for kidney disease are based on the cause of the disease. Treatment plans can include medications to reduce high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as medications to treat anemia and swelling. In addition, nephrologists at Northwestern Medicine typically recommend a lower protein and reduced salt diet to minimize waste products in the blood.

If a person’s kidneys are failing, he or she will undergo dialysis, a process that involves removing the particles in the blood that are normally removed by the kidneys, such as waste products and water. A kidney transplant may be necessary when a person’s kidneys can no longer properly filter waste from the blood. A person may be considered for a kidney transplant if other treatments have not been, or are not expected to be, successful, or if a transplant could dramatically improve the individual’s quality of life. 

Kidney Disease Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

Your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation in support of kidney disease-related research and care at Northwestern Medicine will offer crucial support to scientists and physicians who are dedicated to improving–and, in many cases, saving–the lives of people affected by kidney disease. Through your generosity, you will make a powerful difference in many lives.

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