Understanding why your doctor is prescribing medications, even if you are feeling completely normal, is an important part of making a good plan and staying your course. Slowing or avoiding decline in your kidney function is the main aim of early treatment. In addition to avoiding complete loss of function, keeping your kidneys as healthy as possible for as long as possible is also key to reducing your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, the diseases of your heart and blood vessels that can lead to heart attack or stroke.

It is also important to understand how the choices and decisions you are making now can affect later treatment choices that may be necessary, such as dialysis or kidney transplant.

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