Accurate Dry Weight Assessment: Reducing the Incidence of Hypertension and Cardiac Disease in Patients on Hemodialysis

Accurate Dry Weight Assessment: Reducing the Incidence of Hypertension and Cardiac Disease in Patients on Hemodialysis

Identification: nnj_nd04A2
Issue: November-December 2004
Volume: Vol. 31, No. 6

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Goal: Discuss the impact of chronic volume overload and inaccurate dry weight assessment on the incidence of hypertension and cardiac disease in patients on hemodialysis.

Objectives:

  1. Cite the morbidity and mortality associated with hypertension in patients with kidney disease.
  2. Examine effective methods to attain dry weight and control hypertension in patients on hemodialysis.
  3. Explain physiologic principles that affect ultrafiltration and achievement of dry weight during the dialysis treatment.


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