About Kidney Stones

What You Need to Know About Kidney Stones

Approximately 10% of the US population will develop kidney stones, and half of these will have recurrent disease. There are several different types of kidney stones; however, 80% of kidney stones contain calcium. Have you ever wondered about kidney stones, and whether you might have one? About Kidney Stones: Risk Factors The risk factors for developing a kidney stone include: …

Kidney Transplant Process

How the Kidney Transplant Process Works

A kidney transplant is the preferred treatment for End-Stage Kidney Disease. The benefits include an improved life expectancy and better quality of life. The kidney transplant process also provides a significant cost savings to the healthcare system compared to a person on dialysis. Unfortunately, the demand is very high and many people end up waiting for years to receive a …

How do we measure kidney function?

How Do We Measure Kidney Function?

The kidney has many functions as it removes waste, maintains fluid and electrolyte balance, and regulates body pH. The GFR, or glomerular filtration rate, measures the total for filtration rate of the 1 million nephrons in each kidney. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to detect early loss of kidney function from GFR alone because it often remains unaffected at this stage. Patients …

Major Organs Affected by High Blood Pressure

5 Major Organs Affected by High Blood Pressure

We’ve all heard that high blood pressure is dangerous for your health. But why and how? What does it actually do to your body when your heart must work harder to pump blood effectively? Unfortunately, the consequences are not just confined to the heart. There are several major organs affected by high blood pressure.  #1 The Eyes Hypertension over long periods …

What Medications are Harmful to My Kidney?

What Medications are Harmful to My Kidneys?

Have you considered how the body processes different types of medications? Several of the medications that we take are filtered through the kidneys. The kidney receives 20% of the blood supply from the heart, and blood flow within the kidney itself is very high. As a result of this blood flow the kidneys are vulnerable to drug-related toxicity. So this …

Survival Rates for ESKD Patients on Dialysis

Survival Rates for ESRD Patients on Dialysis

End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), or kidney failure, occurs when the kidneys progressively stop working. Many patients with ESRD are on dialysis to supplement  the ‘normal functioning kidneys’.  The dialysis treatment itself exposes the patient to many risks however these patients are also at high risk for Cardiovascular disease, Hypertension, Bone disorders including osteoporosis, electrolytes abnormalities and many, many other …

Over the Counter OTC Meds

How OTC Medications Can Damage Your Kidneys

No matter what kind of medicine you take, whether OTC (over the counter) or prescription, it is destined to take a trip through your kidneys. They are, after all, your body’s natural filtration system! There are several types of OTC medication that people frequently use for gastritis, GERD, aches, pains and headaches that if routinely used could damage your kidneys. …

Diet During Dialysis

How to Manage Your Diet During Dialysis

One has to make a lot of lifestyle changes once they start dialysis. Your daily dietary intake will impact the efficiency and effectiveness of dialysis, whether it is peritoneal or hemodialysis. Seemingly harmless foods like frozen dinners or chocolate could lead to serious consequences that alter your clinical outcome. But don’t worry! These few principles will help you watch your …