In-depth

Causes

Chronic kidney disease

Chronic kidney disease, often caused by diabetes or high blood pressure, is the gradual loss of kidney function. Early detection and treatment can help.

Risk factors

High blood pressure (hypertension)

Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to various life-threatening conditions. But it's easily detected — and you can work with your doctor to control it.

Symptoms

Abdominal pain

Find out what causes different types of abdominal pain.

Headache

Most headaches aren't caused by a serious illness, but some could be a sign of a life-threatening condition.

Unexplained weight loss

Unexplained weight loss: Symptom — Overview covers possible causes of unexplained weight loss.

Tests and diagnosis

CT angiogram

A computerized tomography (CT) angiogram could tell if your heart's arteries are blocked. These tests aren't for everyone, and some experts worry about radiation risks.

MRI

MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within your body.

May. 24, 2013