Advance Directives

What is an Advance Directive? A gift to your support person (people) letting them know what matters most to you. Usually, the first step is to choose a Healthcare Agent. This person would be the one you trust to make decisions for you IF you cannot do so yourself. A written plan for loved ones and health care providers … Continued

Fistula Arm Exercises

Improve your access outcome by exercising your fistula arm before and after placement. Prior to dialysis, the exercises will increase vein size and will build up the vein after to provide muscle tone for vein stability and easier needle placement. Ask your doctor which arm will be used for your access. This is your “Access … Continued

Organ Donor Awareness

Many people who need transplants of organs and tissues cannot get them because of a shortage of donations. Of the 112,000+ Americans who are currently on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant, approximately 100,000 need a kidney. The average waiting time for a kidney from a deceased donor is 3 to 5 years.  … Continued

Supportive Care for Patients with Kidney Disease

As your healthcare team, our goal is to help you achieve the quality of life for you and your family by listening to What Matters Most to you. Dallas Nephrology Associates’ Supportive Care Team provides an extra layer of support to help you live each day to the fullest. We know that the challenges of kidney disease … Continued

Are You Taking Multiple Medications?

Did you know that some medications are harmful to your kidneys? Many medications do not affect your kidneys. Other medications can damage your kidneys causing a decrease in the kidney’s ability to clear the waste products from your blood. This may result in a higher creatinine or a lower GFR (Glomerular Filtration Rate). (Healthier kidney … Continued

Become an Involved Patient

Did you know that patients who are actively involved in their healthcare are healthier and have better outcomes? What does it take to actively participate in your care as apatient? How do you get started? Being involved starts with understanding your health problems. Some health problems have confusing names, make sure you know what each … Continued

Tips for Dealing With Holiday Stress

The holiday season sometimes brings on stress and depression. And it’s no wonder. The holidays present an array of demands such as parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few. Below are a few practical tips, you can use to minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays. You may even end up enjoying … Continued