KidneySPA’s comprehensive view of Health Care involves not only specialized and efficient treatment of renal and urological afflictions but also early detection and strategic prevention. It is our belief that the best means of prevention is informing the community about renal and urological diseases and encouraging the public to take an active role in their own health care.
We perform ongoing educational activities through our full team of specialists.These activities allow us to conduct clinical work with educational aspects that facilitate both the prevention and treatment of renal & urological conditions.
Who is at risk for Kidney Disease?
Anyone can develop kidney disease, but some individuals are at a greater risk than others. Kidney disease is most often caused by:
- Diabetes mellitus
- High blood pressure
- Cardiovascular disease (heart or circulatory problems)
The following factors increase the likelihood of kidney disease:
- Family members with kidney disease
- African American, Asian American, Native American and/or Hispanic ethnicity
- History of kidney stones, urinary infections and/or kidney surgery
- Patients who take multiple drugs, such as anti-inflammatory medications (Advil, Aleve, Meloxicam, etc.) or large doses of diuretics
- Individuals over 60 years of age
Kidney Disease Facts
- Over 20 million Americans (or 1 in 8 individuals) have some degree of renal insufficiency.
- Another 20 million Americans are at risk to develop kidney disease.
- Hypertension and diabetes are the leading causes of kidney failure. 23% of all Americans suffer from hypertension, and an estimated 16 million Americans are living with diabetes.
What is Dialysis?
Dialysis is the process through which waste products and fluid are removed from the body. Patients with advanced renal disease typically undergo this treatment while waiting for a potential kidney transplant.
A person can have kidney disease without being aware of it, as there are often no symptoms until the disease has advanced. Research has shown that people who are at a higher risk for kidney disease should have their kidneys checked even if they feel well. A simple urine test and blood work can detect early signs of kidney disease.
If you believe you are at risk for kidney disease, ask your doctor how often you should be tested. If you can catch and treat kidney disease early on, you may be able to slow it down! Also remember to check your blood pressure and have labs done at least once a year.
Home dialysis (peritoneal dialysis or PD) is the modality of choice for those patients who want to maintain anonymity and independence. Peritoneal dialysis takes place in the abdominal cavity and requires:
- Placement of an abdominal catheter
- Specific training
- A designated, well-ventilated space at home
Tips for Healthy Kidneys
- Avoid a salty diet. Don’t add salt to your food at the table.
- Drink at least 2 liters of water every day.
- Subscribe to a healthy diet.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Stay active and exercise regularly.
- Avoid regular or long-term use of pain medication (unless prescribed by your doctor).
- Avoid smoking.
KidneySPA’s comprehensive view of Renal Health Care involves not only specialized and efficient treatment of renal afflictions but also early detection and strategic prevention. It is our belief that the best means of prevention is informing the community about Chronic Kidney Disease and encouraging the public to take an active role in their own renal health care. Through our KidneyCOMMUNITY initiative, we have begun to raise awareness about kidney health in South Florida schools and neighborhoods.
In-center dialysis (hemodialysis or HD) is the modality of choice for patients unable to perform the treatment at home, often because they require more assistance. This modality requires:
- A dialysis center where patients will be transported to receive treatments
- Vascular access (AVF/large vein) typically placed in the arm to allow blood to run through a dialysis machine
- Dialysis sessions , occur 3 times per week, 3.5 to 4 hours per session
Other Treatment Options
Patients can delay progression of the disease by treating the primary conditions responsible for causing renal disease, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. The following renal diseases require specific treatments:
- Lupus nephritis – kidney inflammation caused by lupus (or SLE)
- Vasculitis – inflammation of the blood vessels
- Obstructive uropathy – a condition in which the flow of urine is obstructed
- Renal artery stenosis (RAS) – the narrowing of one or both renal arteries
For additional information visit the National Kidney foundation at kidney.org.