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    Hi my father had a minor attack last night - he is suffering with Kidney problem and undergoes dialysis twice every week, he has a history of a heart value replacement in 1999 since then he was fine untill last year when he had a kidney problem and he started undergoing dialysis which over a period had gone upto 2 times a week.

    Last night he had a heart attack for the first time since 1999, somehow we are unable to find the real cause of the attack, would like to know is anyone has a similar case and would like to share experience and we would like to get suggestions on how to improve upon his health.

    Thanks
    Rahul

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    I don't know what caused the attack but I have learned that if you are having hemo dialysis you should have it three times a week for four hours, more if you are allowed and most centers only have four hours three times a week, I know that dialysis can be bad on your heart. Sue

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    • #3
      Originally posted by CajunSue
      I don't know what caused the attack but I have learned that if you are having hemo dialysis you should have it three times a week for four hours, more if you are allowed and most centers only have four hours three times a week, I know that dialysis can be bad on your heart. Sue
      Sue,

      In most cases you are correct, but some patients still have enough residual kidney function that once or twice a week is sufficient. In fact, I remember reading somewhere that if dialysis patients were started on dialysis BEFORE their kidneys fail, it may protect some of their residual function.

      You are also correct about dialysis being hard on the heart, in addition to the complications from the original problems which led to the dialysis -- fluid overload, etc.

      Lorelle

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      • #4
        Hum!!! I still pee so mayube when my labs are done next will show how good I am doing maybe I can get less days. Sue

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        • #5
          Originally posted by CajunSue
          Hum!!! I still pee so mayube when my labs are done next will show how good I am doing maybe I can get less days. Sue
          It would be great if your Neph changed your dialysis prescription to a couple of days a week but I don't know how often that happens. Maybe one of the "long-timers" here knows.

          Lorelle

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          • #6
            Well I can forget about that now, I have stopped peeing so I have to have dialysis three times a week.

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            • #7
              CAPD dialysis is best for him as it is stress free and pain free and it can b done at home.


              Originally posted by rahul@rahulsaini.com
              Hi my father had a minor attack last night - he is suffering with Kidney problem and undergoes dialysis twice every week, he has a history of a heart value replacement in 1999 since then he was fine untill last year when he had a kidney problem and he started undergoing dialysis which over a period had gone upto 2 times a week.

              Last night he had a heart attack for the first time since 1999, somehow we are unable to find the real cause of the attack, would like to know is anyone has a similar case and would like to share experience and we would like to get suggestions on how to improve upon his health.

              Thanks
              Rahul

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              • #8
                Sue,

                I started dialysis at 3 times a week for 3 hours and by the time of my transplant I did 2 days a week for 1 3/4 hours. Doesn't happen very often but I have heard of others who do shorter times. Takes quite a while for this to happen and labs determine the possibility. Even though OK'd by my neph longer dialysis sessions are advised and should consider this possibility carefully.
                "Within every adversity lies a slumbering possibility"
                Linda
                Tx: 7/28/2005
                St. Louis University Hospital

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                • #9
                  Re: Heart Attack + Dialysis

                  i just wanted to see the connection with dialysis and heart attacks . I never knew there was a connection til right now...My uncle just passed away last Monday while dialysis were being done..He's been doing this for quite awhile and was always in good spirits..They would drop him off in the morning and grandson pick him up in the evening..3x week..Well he gets there to find out his grandfather was in OR, caught a heart attack , they brought him back, and then caught another one..that was it..I went into search to see if this was common..Lord and behold, there it was..I still cannot understand the connection, but now i know this connection is real. My heart goes to all that have tis condition and if anyone has any information for me to try to understand why and how this happens i would really appreciate it..I dont like wondering, i like to get to the root of things because we never know when something is gonna come and bite us in the butt..Good Luck to all

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                  • #10
                    Having a heart attack is what put me on dialysis. Only had one kidney, now I only go to dialysis twice a week. I made this decision because going three times made me weaker than a newborn kitten and if I kept doing that I was going to wind up in a full care home instead of being on my own. I am single and ĺive alone. At times it gets very lonely. But I have to keep on keeping on.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Bob1232014 View Post
                      Having a heart attack is what put me on dialysis. Only had one kidney, now I only go to dialysis twice a week. I made this decision because going three times made me weaker than a newborn kitten and if I kept doing that I was going to wind up in a full care home instead of being on my own. I am single and ĺive alone. At times it gets very lonely. But I have to keep on keeping on.
                      Hi Bob1232014, I'm glad that you've joined myDaVita! These forums are a great place to connect with others that are going through the same thing as you and share your story to kidney disease. It's a great resource to be reminded that you're not alone. I'm the community manager here so please let me know if you have any questions regarding the resources offered through myDaVita. For example, the DaVita Diet Helper (https://www.davita.com/mydavita/diet-helper) is a great tool that helps you plan and track kidney-friendly meals while staying on top of your nutritional goals. I hope you have a great afternoon!

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                      • #12
                        I did not know dialysis was bad for heart! This is new to us husband just started dialysis this week, he has had his first three sessions while in hospital & brought him home last night. He went to hospital for heart but since kidneys was only 13% no repair could be made. Now I am scared!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mccaghren View Post
                          I did not know dialysis was bad for heart! This is new to us husband just started dialysis this week, he has had his first three sessions while in hospital & brought him home last night. He went to hospital for heart but since kidneys was only 13% no repair could be made. Now I am scared!
                          Hi mccaghren, thank you for reaching out here! I'd suggest speaking with your doctor to address any specific concerns you have regarding your husband. This transition must be challenging and it's important that you're both able to get your questions answered to better take control of your husband's health. Please let me know if you have any questions with myDaVita! I'm wishing you both the best.

                          Your community manager,
                          Kelsey

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