CKD: Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic Kidney Disease

A worker at the Atomic Energy Commission’s Y-12 Plant at Oak Ridge, TN examines a “biscuit” of uranium metal which contains about 93 percent U-235. Circa 1965. Courtesy of

Atomic workers who have been exposed to toxic metals or other hazardous chemicals may be at a higher risk of developing Chronic Kidney Disease and may be eligible to receive benefits under the DOL’s EEOICPA program.

Through education, Nuclear Care Partners believes in empowering former atomic workers with factual information about risk, exposure and disease correlation to catch symptoms in the early phases of disease progression.

Disease Facts:
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is when kidneys become damaged over time and can no longer clean toxins and waste from the blood. In its early stages, CKD may not have noticeable symptoms; blood samples can help detect the disease. This diagnosis cannot be reversed, but further damage may be prevented with proper care.

CKD affects the kidneys ability to:

  • Remove waste and extra water
  • Help make new red blood cells
  • Balance important minerals
  • Help maintain blood pressure
  • Support bone health

CKD can also increase the risk of other health issues like heart disease and stroke.

According to, 14% of U.S. adults are estimated to have chronic kidney disease – an estimated 37 million Americans.

Early Detection is Key
At every stage of Chronic Kidney Disease, Nuclear Care Partners care plans are focused on providing comprehensive nursing solutions for CKD patients including:

• Slowing the progression and minimizing the symptoms of CKD

• Aid in preventing further complications of Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) or Hemodialysis (HD)

• Administer specialized dialysis treatments in the comfort of patients’ homes

As the disease worsens, symptoms may include:

  • More frequent urination
  • Tiredness, weakness, and low energy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swelling of hands, feet and ankles
  • Shortness of breath
  • Foamy or bubbly urination
  • Puffy eyes
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Numbness in arms, legs or feet
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle cramps
  • High blood pressure
  • Skin changes in color and texture

Do you have Chronic Kidney Disease Symptoms?

Please reach out to our team. We would be happy to help you understand if you qualify to add CKD to your white card. If you do, our team can support you throughout the process, from diagnosis to filing.


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