If I want to know about my health problem: my diagnosis, what I can expect, and my treatment options then I need to learn all I can and decide what treatment I want.
You may wish to visit one of our centres beforehand. If so, you can call us at Tel: +65 6397 3360 to arrange for a centre visit, we will be happy to make the necessary arrangements. Alternatively, you can call our Nurse Manager at the centre which you have chosen for your treatment.
The treatment at our centres is called haemodialysis treatment, it is also referred to as dialysis treatment or simply treatment for short. The treatment time is around 4 hours, 3 times a week.
The health of the kidneys is measured by the glomerular filtration rate (GFR). This is a measurement of how many milli-litres (mL) of filtered fluid flow through the kidneys per minute (min). The GFR of healthy kidneys is above 90mL/min.
Haemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells that carry oxygen to all parts of the body. Anaemia is a condition that results when the level of haemoglobin or haematocrit is below normal. This condition may be temporary, a consequence of other health conditions, or due to a chronic disease. People with mild anaemia may experience mild to no symptoms at all. On the other hand, those with chronic anaemia may experience fatigue and shortness of breath, causing them difficulties in carrying out their day-to-day activities.
What is cardiovascular disease?
Cardiovascular disease means having problems with your heart and the blood vessels throughout your body, including brain, lungs and legs. Heart and blood vessel disease is common in people with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Over time, the blood vessels that bring blood to the heart and brain can become blocked from a build-up of cells, fat and cholesterol. This reduces blood flow to the heart and brain and can cause heart attacks and strokes.