Kidney Foundation

Athena Kidney Foundation, is a health organization unit, seeking to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases.

The interior design and decor have been tailored to provide a soothing, cheerful and spacious environment for the patients and staff alike. Our home-like touches, such as fully reclining chair and color cable television at each station, enable patients to relax in a safe comfortable atmosphere.

We are proud to be one of the very few facilities equipped with an on-site generator, hemodialysis single needle capability, and one of the finest water purifying systems available today.

The dialysis treatment is provided on a “prescription only” basis, geared to each patient’s needs.

We use state-of-the-art dialysis machines and bio-compatible efficient dialyzers. Each patient in our program receives their dialysis in strict accordance with their physician’s orders. Because treatments are individually tailored, there is a greater potential for rehabilitation with fewer complications.

Chronic kidney disease includes conditions that damage your kidneys and decrease their ability to keep you healthy by doing the jobs listed. If kidney disease gets worse, wastes can build to high levels in your blood and make you feel sick. You may develop complications like high blood pressure, anemia (low blood count), weak bones, poor nutritional health and nerve damage. Also, kidney disease increases your risk of having heart and blood vessel disease. These problems may happen slowly over a long period of time. Chronic kidney disease may be caused by diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders. Early detection and treatment can often keep chronic kidney disease from getting worse. When kidney disease progresses, it may eventually lead to kidney failure, which requires dialysis or a kidney transplant to maintain life.

The two main causes of chronic kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure, which are responsible for up to two-thirds of the cases. Diabetes happens when your blood sugar is too high, causing damage to many organs in your body, including the kidneys and heart, as well as blood vessels, nerves and eyes. High blood pressure, or hypertension, occurs when the pressure of your blood against the walls of your blood vessels increases. If uncontrolled, or poorly controlled, high blood pressure can be a leading cause of heart attacks, strokes and chronic kidney disease. Also, chronic kidney disease can cause high blood pressure.

Other conditions that affect the kidneys are:

  • Glomerulonephritis, a group of diseases that cause inflammation and damage to the kidney’s filtering units. These disorders are the third most common type of kidney disease.
  • Inherited diseases, such as polycystic kidney disease, which causes large cysts to form in the kidneys and damage the surrounding tissue.
  • Malformations that occur as a baby develops in its mother’s womb. For example, a narrowing may occur that prevents normal outflow of urine and causes urine to flow back up to the kidney. This causes infections and may damage the kidneys.
  • Lupus and other diseases that affect the body’s immune system.
    Obstructions caused by problems like kidney stones, tumors or an enlarged prostate gland in men.
  • Repeated urinary infections.
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