About Kidney Disease

More than 26 million Americans suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD). The disease, which can lead to chronic renal failure, afflicts people of all ages. While 16,000 patients are able to receive kidney transplants each year, nearly 80,000 people continue to wait on the national transplant list.

Several conditions can increase the risk of kidney failure, including:

  • Advanced age
  • Diabetes
  • Heart failure
  • Various blood disorders
  • High blood pressure
  • Chronic infection