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Nephrology and              hypertension

Nephrology and hypertension

Take control of your kidney health and blood pressure.

What is nephrology?

Your kidneys are a pair of small organs located on each side of your body, slightly below your ribs. They help keep your body functioning properly — from removing toxins from your blood to keeping your bones healthy and strong. Nephrology is the treatment of kidneys and kidney diseases.

Kidney disease symptoms can include: 

  • Fatigue
  • Frequent urinary tract infections
  • Increased urination
  • Kidney stones

What do nephrologists do?

When your kidneys aren’t working right, nephrologists diagnose and treat of all types of kidney disease and renal hypertension, which can cause kidney disease. They can also help you manage kidney problems, kidney failure and dialysis, either at home or in a dialysis unit.

Nephrologists treat patients with kidney diseases, including:

  • Blood in the urine (hematuria)
  • Diabetes-related kidney disease
  • End-stage renal disease
  • Glomerulonephritis (inflammation of the kidney filter)
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney stones
  • Protein in the urine (proteinuria)

Hypertension and kidney disease

One-third of American adults have high blood pressure, or hypertension, which increases the risk of developing kidney disease. 

Hypertension symptoms can include: 

  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue or confusion
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Severe headaches

Just because you have some of these symptoms doesn’t mean you have kidney disease or hypertension. But if you’re having symptoms, speak to your doctor to rule out other health conditions.

Make an appointment

Schedule a consultation with a nephrologist at 800-275-6401.

Nephrology care at Geisinger

Our team provides compassionate care and the most advanced kidney disease treatments available. We offer:

  • The knowledge you need – Your nephrology team includes doctors and specialists with years of training and experience. Their expertise has been honed by treating many people with kidney disease every year. Their focus is on delivering the care best suited to your needs.

  • Excellent care where you live – Offering care throughout central, northeast and south-central Pennsylvania, our experienced nephrology team provides consultations and comprehensive care. You’ll get leading-edge treatment options and tailored-to-you care backed by the expertise and innovation of a nationally recognized health system.

  • Genetic testing and counseling programs – Genetics programs can determine whether you face a higher-than-normal risk of kidney disease. Special programs such as MyCode®, which are only available at Geisinger, detect the earliest signs of kidney disease so you can start treatment right away. Our care and guidance may even help you avoid a kidney disease diagnosis. Learn more or sign up for MyCode.

  • Managing your health easily – If you need care between appointments, you can get in touch with a nephrology quickly by phone or secure messaging with MyGeisinger