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Kidney Function Evaluation Center

Knowing how well your kidneys work is the key to diagnosing problems early, preventing kidney disease and protecting your health. Your doctor may want to test your kidneys if you have high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease. 

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Are your kidneys doing their job?

We use comprehensive testing and assessments to measure how well your kidneys perform. The only way to know if your kidneys are healthy is to get evaluated. This is especially important because kidney disease often has no signs or symptoms and early detection can help slow kidney disease and prevent complications. 

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Conditions

Regular and timely kidney function evaluations are extremely helpful, especially if you are at a higher risk. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is common in African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asians, Pacific Islanders and American Indians.

There are several conditions that may increase your risk for kidney disease. Common conditions that increase the risk of CKD in adults include:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Family history of chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  • Certain ethnicities
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Kidney disorders
  • Past damage to kidneys
  • Age (60+)
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Testing

The best way to prevent health problems is to find and treat kidney disease early. Your doctor may recommend one or more tests to check your kidney health.

We use cutting-edge research to gauge how well the kidneys are filtering fluids and removing waste. There are several blood and urine tests we use to produce a precise measurement that tells us your level of kidney function. These measurements help your physician to pinpoint your diagnosis and develop a treatment plan that's tailored to your specific needs.

We may also check your blood pressure or conduct urine tests to measure the amount of protein in your urine which is one of the earliest signs of kidney disease. 

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