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Nephrology Associates of Kentuckiana, PSC provides care for all aspects of the prevention and treatment of kidney disease. CKD can affect anyone; however, some people are at an increased risk. Below are listed some risk factors of contracting Chronic Kidney Disease. (CKD)

The National Kidney Foundation recommends that all individuals who are at an increased risk get their kidney function tested. You are at an increased risk if you have one or more of the following characteristics. Some of these factors you can control - they are noted in BOLD:

Main Risk Factors:

  • Diabetes (self or family) - What you can do: Kidney disease does not have to happen to people with diabetes—good blood pressure and blood sugar control can help prevent it. Tight control can have big payoffs in reducing the risk for kidney disease.

  • High blood pressure (self or family) - What you can do: Blood pressure pills must be taken as prescribed to work properly. If you can't afford to buy your blood pressure pills or have side effects, tell your doctor so he or she can suggest other options for you. Certain classes of blood pressure medications, such as ACE inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), or beta blockers may help protect the kidneys in some cases.

  • Cardiovascular disease (self or family) - What you can do: Sometimes blockages can be repaired or opened to help save function in a blocked kidney and kidney stones can be treated. If you know or suspect that you may have a blockage, ask your doctor what can be done about it.

  • Family history of kidney disease or diabetes or high blood pressure [Top]

Additional Risk Factors include:

  • African American heritage

  • Native American heritage

  • Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander heritage

  • Age 60 or older

  • Drug Abuse - What you can do: If you are using these drugs, know that they can harm your health and seek help to stop. Be honest with your doctor about your medical history—he or she can't help you without knowing the full story.

  • Inflammation

  • Obesity - reduce weight to a safe level that you and your physician determine

  • Prolonged use of over-the-counter medication such as ibuprofen and naproxen - What you can do: If you routinely take these medications, be sure that your doctor is aware of it—especially if you already have a known kidney problem. When you are taking a new medication, report any new symptoms to your doctor.

  • IV Contrast Exposure - if you have diabetes or established kidney disease, your risk from Contrast increases. If you are at risk, your physician can recommend measures to decrease the likelihood of problems.

  • Lupus, other autoimmune disorders

  • Chronic urinary tract infections

  • Kidney stones by managing your fluids and diet [More]

  • Low birth weight [Top]

More than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease (CKD) and most don’t know it. The National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP®) offers free screenings for those at risk–anyone 18 years and older with high blood pressure, diabetes or a family history of these conditions or kidney disease. The KEEP® program is finding kidney disease at the earliest stage possible.

KEEP® provides three simple tests that determine kidney function. Participants receive a comprehensive health risk appraisal, blood pressure measurement, blood and urine testing and the opportunity to discuss their health and review results with onsite clinicians. Learn more and find a free screening near you.


Comprehensive Renal Care Clinic
Anemia Management
Hypertension Management
Chronic Kidney Disease Education
Risk Factor Reduction
Use of Electronic Medical Record
Nutrition – Renal Vitamins


Is to provide the highest quality, most comprehensive and up-to-date care for patients with kidney disease in a courteous, respectful, and timely manner.


6400 Dutchmans Pkwy, Suite 250
Louisville, KY 40205
Phone: 502-587-9660
Fax: 502-540-5615

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