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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.


Let's Talk About Fluids Video 
This three-minute video was created by the non-profit Medical Education Institute to let people on dialysis know how to manage their fluids to feel their best.