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Fluid Management

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Kidneys are instrumental in removing excess water in the body, so when your kidneys don’t work, it is harder to keep the right fluid balance. The right balance is important, because if you gain too much fluid, you may have:

  • Swelling in your face, hands, and feet
  • Headaches and low energy
  • Trouble breathing from fluid in your lungs
  • Heart damage from stretching your heart with too much fluid
  • High blood pressure that can lead to a stroke 

Fluid Management Resources

  • Patient to Patient: Let's Talk Fluids Booklet
    As an end stage renal disease (ESRD) patient, you have to be very careful about how much liquid you take in. This "by patients for patients" booklet addresses everthing you need to know about controlling your fluids and why that is so important to your health in an easy-to-read and fun format.