What Is Renal Insufficiency?

Q:
What is renal insufficiency?

A:
Definition

Renal insufficiency is poor function of the kidneys. In such condition, renal artery disease may cause a reduction in blood-flow to the kidneys.

Symptoms

Patients suffering from renal insufficiency can have no symptoms or mild ones. Others can experience severe hypertension.

Risk factors

The risk factors for renal insufficiency due to renal artery disease are those associated with atherosclerosis (a disease in which plaque builds up inside your arteries.):

  • Older age
  • Gender
  • Family history
  • Race or ethnicity
  • Genetic factors
  • Hyperlipidemia (elevated fats in the blood)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity

Diagnosis

The disease can usually be diagnosed via duplex ultrasound scanning and other non-invasive tests.

Regular  medical checkup will help prevent the possibility of catch such disease.

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