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Peritoneal dialysis vs hemodialysis? for heart and kidney failure husband

By August 3, 2012 - 4:54pm
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My husband is 51 yrs old is currently on hemodialysis at in center for over 2 years. He is not feeling as well as he use to after dialysis 3 x's per week for 5 hours each session. We are considering peritoneal instead. Our concern is his heart condition. He has a defib connected to his heart due to abnormal afib and tachycardia. He had a quadruple by pass due to massive heart attack when he was 38 years of age. He is diabetic and has stage 5 end stage kidney failure, high blood pressure. With all these elements, is Peritoneal a much better option for his heath condition? He is very afraid of heart complications after hemodialysis and cramping which seems to be a side effect after hemo tx recently. He is also becoming a lot more tired than before after tx. Thank you for your support!

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Hi Sincerelyme,

I wish we could give you a cut and dry response to your question, but unfortunately this is something best left for you and your husband to discuss with his doctor, who knows all of his history including surgical history and history with dialysis and his current state of health. Peritoneal dialysis is performed less frequently now than it used to be, however, it may still be an option. 

Here is some more information on Hemodialysis and Peritoneal dialysis: http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/hemodialysis


Good luck to you and your husband-- I hope his doctor guides you in the best direction,


August 4, 2012 - 3:31pm
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