Strategies for Managing Chronic Kidney Disease

Early detection and knowing your treatment options are key to slowing and managing the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD). The University Hospitals Division of Nephrology delivers advanced care and management of chronic kidney disease beyond regular kidney dialysis treatments.

Our team of kidney specialists will ask you questions about your family history, medication use and lifestyle before requesting a number of tests – blood, urine, imaging and kidney tissue sampling (biopsy) – to determine the cause and extent of your kidney disease and to help determine the appropriate chronic kidney disease treatment.

Once the cause is determined, your doctor will work to control the disease and associated kidney disease symptoms. Despite treatments, kidney damage can get worse even when associated conditions, such as high blood pressure, are under control.

Our kidney specialists offer a variety of kidney disease treatment options to control chronic kidney disease symptoms and complications from the disease, including medications to lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, treat anemia, relieve swelling and protect your bones. Your kidney doctor may also recommend a lower protein diet to minimize waste products in your blood.

In addition, your University Hospitals doctor may recommend regular follow-up kidney tests to see if your disease remains stable or is progressing.