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

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

The Gift of Giving

The holiday season is a special time that you may want to focus on giving back.  Below are a few ideas of ways to celebrate the Gift of Giving.  Did you know that giving helps people in your community?  Whether you decide to make a monetary donation or volunteer your time, giving helps people in your … Continued

Medical Nutrition Therapy & Chronic Kidney Disease

Medical nutrition therapy (MNT) is nutrition counseling with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.  MNT helps to treat and slow down chronic kidney disease (CKD). An MNT session includes your health problems, lab tests, medicines, and personal food choices.  Some MNT goals are to: Improve blood pressure Keep protein intake at a safe level Help control blood … Continued

Men and Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) affects an estimated 30 million Americans. This is 1 out of every 7 adults. Are you at risk for chronic kidney disease?  Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems increase your risk for chronic kidney disease. Ask your doctor if you need to be tested. Most men will not have symptoms in … Continued

Women and Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) affects an estimated 30 million Americans. This is 1 out of every 7 adults. Did you know that more women are being diagnosed with chronic kidney disease? The diagnosis of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in women is on the rise. It is the eighth leading cause of death in women. Research has … Continued