Chronic kidney disease is a condition in which the kidneys are damaged and cannot filter blood as well as they should. Because of this, excess fluid and waste from blood can build up in the body and can affect heart and brain health.

Chronic kidney disease is an important issue for women, although more research is needed to better understand its effect on women’s health. Chronic kidney disease can lead to heart conditions and stroke, and this is worse for women. It can also lead to high blood pressure, and similarly high blood pressure in pregnancy can lead to kidney injury.

If you are urinating more or less than usual, you notice an increase in swelling in your feet or ankles or experience shortness of breath, speak to your health care provider.