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FACTS VS FICTION REGARDING COVID 19 VACCINES Oct 7th, 2021

"I can get COVID-19 from the COVID-19 vaccine." FALSE.    "I’ve already had COVID-19, so I don’t need to get a vaccine." FALSE. "A COVID-19 vaccination will protect me from getting COVID-19." TRUE.    "The COVID-19 vaccine will change my DNA." FALSE.     "I shouldn’t get vaccinated because I may...

Medications and low sodium ( Hyponatremia ) in older adults Oct 5th, 2021

Signs and symptoms of hyponatremia can include altered personality, lethargy and confusion. Severe hyponatremia can cause seizures, coma and even death. Hyponatremia is more common in older adults because they're more likely to take medications or have medical conditions that put them at risk of the disorder. These risk factors...

PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF HYPONATREMIA ( LOW SODIUM ) Oct 2nd, 2021

Hyponatremia treatment is aimed at resolving the underlying condition. Depending on the cause of hyponatremia, you may simply need to cut back on how much you drink. In other cases of hyponatremia, you may need intravenous electrolyte solutions and medications. The following measures may help you prevent hyponatremia: Treat associated...

LOW SODIUM ( HYPONATREMIA ) Oct 1st, 2021

Hyponatremia can cause: Nausea and vomiting Headache Confusion Loss of energy, drowsiness and fatigue Restlessness and irritability Muscle weakness, spasms or cramps Seizures Coma Many possible conditions and lifestyle factors can lead to hyponatremia, including: Certain medications : water pills (diuretics), antidepressants and pain medications Heart, kidney and liver problems. ...

TREATMENT OF HIGH POTASSIUM Sep 30th, 2021

Prescription  Medications that can help  lower potassium : Water pills (diuretics), which rid the body of extra fluids and remove potassium through urine Sodium bicarbonate, which temporarily shifts potassium into body cells Sodium polystyrene sulfonate (Kayexalate), which removes potassium through your intestines before it’s absorbed Patiromer (Veltassa), which binds to...

MEDICATIONS WHICH CAN CAUSE HIGH POTASSIUM Sep 29th, 2021

At kingwood kidney associates , we will look at whether you need to stop taking medications in order to lower your blood potassium levels, or adjust how much you take.  These medications include: NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as the pain relievers aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen High blood pressure drugs. Some can...

COVID 19 VACCINE SAFETY IN KIDNEY DISEASE Sep 28th, 2021

Vaccines are one of the most effective tools to protect your health and prevent disease. These vaccines have been demonstrated to be safe in patients with advanced CKD, those on dialysis and transplant patients Kingwood kidney associates  urges patients with advanced kidney disease, including transplant and dialysis patients and patients...

DIET FOR HIGH POTASSIUM Sep 27th, 2021

Too much potassium in foods can  contribute to higher levels in your blood if your kidneys don’t work well. So at kingwood kidney associates , we  will ask you about what you eat and drink, and then give you advice on what things you may need to cut back on...

LONG COVID AND KIDNEY DISEASE Sep 27th, 2021

Upto 35% of patients have   reduced kidney function (estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) <90 ml/min/1.73 m2) 6 months after COVID-19 hospitalization. Interestingly, 13% of patients who did not have AKI during hospitalization showed a reduction in eGFR during follow-up.  Although in many patients serum creatinine returns to normal levels following AKI, the kidneys...

LIFESTYLE CHANGES FOR LUPUS NEPHRITIS Sep 26th, 2021

People with lupus nephritis should do the following: Drink enough fluids to stay well hydrated. Eat a low-sodium diet, especially if hypertension is an issue. Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol. Exercise regularly. Maintain a healthy blood pressure. Limit cholesterol. Avoid medications that can affect the kidneys, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory...

NEW ORAL MEDICATION APPROVED FOR LUPUS NEPHRITIS- VOCLOSPORIN Sep 25th, 2021

voclosporin in trials showed significant improvement in renal outcomes compared with mycophenolate mofetil and low dose steroids. The improvement also occured twice as faster. demonstrated significantly improved renal response rates compared with mycophenolate mofetil and low-dose steroids.  Call  us at kingwood kidney associates 281-401-9540 to schedule your appointment to see...

LUPUS NEPHRITIS AND BENLYSTA Sep 24th, 2021

Lupus nephritis is a possible complication of lupus that occurs when lupus autoantibodies affect structures in the kidneys that filter out waste. This causes kidney inflammation and may lead to blood in the urine, protein in the urine, high blood pressure, impaired kidney function, or even kidney failure. Lupus nephritis...

What you should know about covid- 19 and kidney disease ? Sep 24th, 2021

 COVID-19 affects kidneys in the following ways :  Damage to kidney cells (or acute tubular necrosis) with septic shock Increase in blood clotting Possible direct infection of the kidney Following symptoms should rise your concern : Not peeing enough Swelling in ankles,  legs, and around eyes Tiredness Shortness of breath...

Do you have kidney disease? You may be showing symptoms. Jun 8th, 2021

Feeling fatigue, unable to concentrate, or in general having less energy Kidney disease is a result of the kidneys losing their ability to function as filters for the body. This can result in toxins and impurities building up in the bloodstream, resulting in these symptoms. Kidney disease is often diagnosed...

Kidney Safe Recipe: Parsley Burger Jun 7th, 2021

Yields 4 servings Serving size: 1 patty Ingredients 1 pound of lean ground chicken or ground turkey 1 tablespoon of lemon juice 1 tablespoon of parsley flakes ¼ teaspoon of black pepper ¼ teaspoon of ground thyme ¼ teaspoon of oregano Instructions Gather all the ingredients in a large bowl...

What else do kidneys do in addition to cleaning blood and getting rid of excess fluid ? May 29th, 2021

Erythropoietin is a hormone which travels in the bloodstream from the kidneys to the bone marrow where it prompts the bone marrow to make red blood cells. Red blood cells carry the oxygen the body needs to function properly. Without healthy red blood cells, people develop anemia which can cause...

WHAT ARE KIDNEYS? May 29th, 2021

WHAT DO THE KIDNEYS DO? Remove waste products (from metabolism of the food we eat and body cells). Remove excess fluid to balance fluid levels in the body. In addition to filtering the blood, the kidneys also: Help control blood pressure Produce hormones and chemicals which Help production of red...

Can I safely exercise with high blood pressure ? May 28th, 2021

Walking is an excellent way to start. If you are an outdoors person, gather a couple of friends or neighbours and walk at a normal pace for 30 minutes. Otherwise, a treadmill is a great alternative. Gradually increase your distance and pace as you become more conditioned. Exercise becomes aerobic...

WHAT IS NEPHROTIC SYNDROME? May 28th, 2021

The kidneys make urine by filtering the blood. Normally no protein passes into the urine when the blood is filtered, because protein in the blood is too large to pass through the tiny holes in the kidney filters. However, the filter can be damaged in kidney disease, so that protein...

PAIN IN KIDNEY OR PAIN WITH URINATION May 26th, 2021

Unfortunately everything is not as simple as might be expected. First, some of the most important causes of kidney failure don’t cause pain in the kidneys. Secondly, not all pains that come from the areas of the kidneys come from the kidneys. The commonest causes of kidney pain in the...

CAN KIDNEY PATIENTS EAT FRUIT AND VEGETABLES? May 26th, 2021

When your kidney function starts to decline, the potassium levels in your blood may start to increase and you may be advised to follow a low potassium diet.  Not all patients  with chronic kidney disease need to follow a low potassium diet and it is important not to restrict yourself...

WHEN TO SEE A KIDNEY DOCTOR ( NEPHROLOGIST ) ? May 21st, 2021

1. GFR less than 60 2. CKD progression with sustained decline in kidney function 3. Consistent finding of significant albuminuria 4. Persistent unexplained hematuria 5. Persistent abnormalities of serum potassium 5. Recurrent nephrolithiaisis 6. Persistent acidosis 7. Anemia 8. Secondary hyperparathyroidism  9. Abnomalities of calcium 10. Hereditary kideny disease or...

TIPS FOR ACCURATE BP READING May 20th, 2021

1. USE CORRECT CUFF SIZE: Cuff too small adds 2-10mm to Hg 2. DONT HAVE A CONVERSTAION: Talking or active listening adds 20mm to Hg 3. PUT CUFF ON BARE ARM: Cuff over clothing adds 5-50mm of Hg 4.KEEP LEGS UNCROSSED: Crossed legs add 2-8 mm to Hg 5.SUPPORT BACK/FEET:...

High blood pressure and kidney disease care instructions May 10th, 2021

Take your medicines exactly as prescribed.  You will probably need more than one medicine to lower your blood pressure. Know the side effects of the medications .  Work with your doctor at kingwood kidney associates  and a dietitian to plan meals that have the right amount of nutrients for you....

Keep your kidneys healthy. Control blood pressure May 2nd, 2021

Kidney-Friendly Tips Keep your blood pressure below 140/90 mm Hg (or ask your doctor what the best blood pressure target is for you). If your blood pressure is high, check it regualrly, and get it under control to make sure your kidneys stay healthy. Take medications as instructed, and ask...

What is dry weight ? How is dry weight calculated ? How do you maintain dry weight after dialysis ? May 1st, 2021

Extra fluid can be dangerous and cause extra strain on your body, especially  your heart and lungs. Fluid overload can lead to recurrent  admissions to hospital with elevated blood pressure , congestive heart failure and have heart attacks. Your dry weight is measured in kilograms. One kilogram is 2.2 pounds. ...

Is getting contrast safe with chronic kidney disease ? May 1st, 2021

Millions of people receive contrast agent each year, including most heart patients who have angioplasties and stents, as well as those having a CT scan. Contrast agent helps physicians see the things we need to see, but it also does pose a hazard to some people.  That "dye," called contrast...

Is it ok to eat red meat when you have kidney disease? Apr 28th, 2021

1. Red meat is a valuable source of essential amino acids and micronutrients for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). 2. Red meat intake may lead to elevated production of uremic toxins and increased cardiovascular risk. 3. High red meat intake is associated with increased risk for progression of CKD....

What are the causes for chronic kidney disease ? Apr 22nd, 2021

The kidneys may be affected  1.Diabetes mellitus - It is the leading cause of kidney disease. This is due to lack of insulin or not being to able to properly hadle insulin. This results in high blood sugars which affects many organs including kidneys. The first thing you see when...

Hemodialysis can be safely done at your home . Do you know your treatment options ? Apr 16th, 2021

Call  us at kingwood kidney associates 281-401-9540 to schedule your appointment to learn about home hemodialysis. We have an experienced team who can make it possible. We train and give you all the support you need to get independent. Our dialysis center is located in humble and has been a...

What do you need to know about Peritoneal dialysis ? Is it a good option for you ? Apr 16th, 2021

Call  us at kingwood kidney associates 281-401-9540 to schedule your appointment to learn more about peritoneal dialysis and your options.  We have an experienced team who can make it possible. We train and give you all the support you need to get independent. Our dialysis center is located in Humble,...

Are you on multiple medications ? How to manage them ? Apr 15th, 2021

Call  us at kingwood kidney associates 281-401-9540 to schedule your appointment if you are on multiple medications and need help managing them . You can also schedule your appointment online using the booking tool on this page. Book your examination today. Many people with CKD take medicines prescribed to lower...

Do you suffer from fluid overload (hypervolemia or volume overload ) ? Apr 15th, 2021

Call  us at kingwood kidney associates 281-401-9540 to schedule your appointment if you have swelling and need help with diagnosis and effective  manegement of your fluid overload. You can also schedule your appointment online using the booking tool on this page. Book your examination today. The issue underneath this is...

How to keep kidneys safe? Here are smart choices for common medications you use on a daily basis Apr 14th, 2021

Call  us at kingwood kidney associates 281-401-9540 to schedule your appointment to learn about the  steps you should take to protect your kidneys from harm. You can also schedule your appointment online using the booking tool on this page. Book your examination today. The information below explains actions you can...

How to manage kidney disease ? Here are 10 everyday things you can do Apr 13th, 2021

Call  us at kingwood kidney associates 281-401-9540 to schedule your appointment to learn about ways to take care of your kidney disease. You can also schedule your appointment online using the booking tool on this page. Book your examination today. Ten ways to manage kidney disease control your blood pressure...

How do you know if you have a good dialysis doctor or kidney doctor or a nephrologist?? Apr 13th, 2021

Call  us at kingwood kidney associates 281-401-9540 to schedule your appointment . We strive to provide best care for you by doing the following on a daily basis.  You can also schedule your appointment online using the booking tool on this page. Book your examination today. Compassion We focus on...

How can I prepare for visits with my Nephrologist (Kidney doctor) ? Apr 12th, 2021

Call  us at kingwood kidney associates 281-401-9540 to schedule your appointment to get answers to all the questions you might have regarding kidney disease. You can also schedule your appointment online using the booking tool on this page. Book your examination today. Sample questions to ask your provider for people...

Do you have a kidney cyst ? Do you know what kind ? Is simple cyst worrisome? Apr 12th, 2021

Call  us at kingwood kidney associates 281-401-9540 to schedule your appointment for diagnosis and managment of kidney cysts You can also schedule your appointment online using the booking tool on this page. Book your examination today. As people age, simple kidney cysts tend to grow bigger and grow in number....

Lupus and kidney disease Apr 11th, 2021

Call  us at kingwood kideny associates 281-401-9540 to schedule your appointment to learn about the  steps you should take to protect your kidneys from harm. You can also schedule your appointment online using the booking tool on this page. Book your examination today. Who gets lupus? Lupus is much more...

Why are kidneys important ? How do they work? Apr 10th, 2021

Call  us at kingwood kidney associates 281-401-9540 to schedule your appointment to learm more about your kidneys.  You can also schedule your appointment online using the booking tool on this page. Book your examination today.   Each of your kidneys is made up of about a million filtering units called...

Does smoking affect kidneys? Apr 9th, 2021

Call  us at kingwood kidney associates 281-401-9540 to schedule your appointment. You can also schedule your appointment online using the booking tool on this page. Book your examination today.   Evidence suggests smoking has a role in the incidence and progression of kidney disease.  Smoking can harm the kidneys by...

Do you know your stage of kidney disease ? Apr 8th, 2021

Talk to us at kingwood kidney asscoiates to learn about your stage of kidney disease and how to slow the progress of your kidney disease. Call 281-401-9540 to schedule your appointment. You can also schedule your appointment online using the booking tool on this page. Book your examination today.  ...

How to reduce kidney stones? Apr 7th, 2021

Tips to help with preventing kidney stones 1. Drink enough fluids to keep urine dilute . The urine should appear very light yellow to clear if you are staying hydrated. Water is the best fluid to drink.  2. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Eat less animal protein. More acid is...

Is weight loss helpful with kidney disease ? Apr 7th, 2021

Weight loss helps your health in multiple ways. It helps with better BP control. Your blood sugars are better and your insulin requirement goes down. This inturn helps with kidney disease. Loosing weight is hard work . Here are few tips to help acheive your weight loss goal 1. Keep...

Do you suffer from recurrent gout attacks? Is it related to kidney disease? Mar 26th, 2021

What causes gout? Gout is caused by too much uric acid in your blood.  What are the symptoms of gout ? gout comes in attacks called flares where you may have severe pain in 1 or more joints. You could also have swelling and redness in your joints. When you...

Is your diabetes under control ? Do you know your HbA1C? Make the connection between DM and CKD Mar 20th, 2021

DIABETES AND KIDNEY DISEASE FACTS : Kidney diseases are the 9th leading cause of death in the United States. Approximately 1 of 3 adults with diabetes has chronic kidney disease. Every 24 hours, 160 people with diabetes begin treatment for kidney failure. THINGS YOU CAN DO : 1. Meet the...

KIDNEY FRIENDLY RECIPE OF THE WEEK- BAKED FISH Mar 19th, 2021

Yield: 4 servingsServing size: 3-ounces   Ingredients4 3-ounce trout fillets or any other baking fish1 ½ teaspoon black pepper1 tablespoon garlic powder1 ½ teaspoon paprika¼ medium green pepper 1 small onion1 small lemon2 tablespoons parmesan cheese Directions1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. 2. Place fish in a greased baking pan or on aluminum...

Do you have Diabetes and chronic kidney disease? Mar 18th, 2021

There are several nonmodifiable  risk factors   1. Genetics - being African American, Hispanic, native American 2.  Sex- although more women have kidney disease , men progress more to end stage renal disease needing dialysis 3. Age - older people have a higher prevalence of kidney disease 4. Age  at...

Are you scared about getting diagnosed with kidney disease? Mar 15th, 2021

Fear and anxiety about the diagnosis can lead to denial. It can get you depressed. Not understanding the disease will lead to noncomplaince and nonadherence of treatment for chronic  kidney disease. Knowledge about the disease will help you ease and it will help your emotional wellbeing. It is important to...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Mar 15th, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus. But...

PROTEINURIA Mar 11th, 2021

How will you know if you have proteinuria ? You might have foamy , frothy or bubbly looking urine when you use toilet Have swelling in the hands, feet, abdomen or face The only way to know is to test urine. How is proteinuria treated? If you have diabetes or...

Why You Should Always Seek Medical Attention for a Urinary Tract Infection Mar 24th, 2020

As many as three out of every five women experience urinary tract infections (UTIs) at some point in their lives, and one in three women have infections severe enough to require antibiotics. Frequently recurrent UTIs are a fact of life for some women. Men can also have UTIs, but it’s...