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Kidney failure is one of the leading causes of death among African Americans in the United States according to the National Kidney Foundation.  Kidney disease often has no symptoms so it typically goes unnoticed until it is very advanced.  Access Health Louisiana providers know that early detection is key.  Regular visits to your primary care physician can help prevent kidney disease and kidney failure.

AHL Nephrologist Dr. Vadakkipalayam Devarajan (Dr. Raj) has been helping patients for almost three decades with dialysis options, kidney stones treatment and chronic kidney disease and failure.  Symptoms of kidney failure include:  weakness, shortness of breath, lethargy and confusion.  Some causes of kidney failure are treatable and your kidney function may return to normal.  However, in some situations, kidney failure can progress and irreversible.  No matter what your situation is, Dr. Raj can offer you a variety of treatment options.

Diabetes is also a major risk factor for kidney disease.  If you or a loved one is a diabetic, they should be tested annually for kidney disease.  Lifelong efforts to control blood pressure and diabetes may be the best way to prevent chronic kidney disease and its progression to kidney failure.

If you are one of the many Americans suffering with kidney disease or failure, contact Dr. Raj at Access Health Louisiana for help today.

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