Education

Jun
11
Cardiovascular Disease – Your Heart and your Kidneys

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What do these two organs have in common? They are two of the main organs that keep you alive. The heart pumps oxygen rich blood all over the body, and the kidneys clean this blood to remove wastes, and fluid. Blood is then sent back to the heart for more oxygen and the cycle repeats. Individuals with kidney disease are at a risk for cardiovascular disease, and individuals with kidney disease are at risk for cardiovascular disease. If your heart can’t pump blood effectively to your kidneys, then your kidneys can’t function. If your kidneys can’t function they can’t clean your blood. If you have one condition, you may be at risk for the other. What do you do? If you ...


Jun
11
The National Kidney Foundation – supporting the cause

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Here at Iowa Kidney Physicians we look for ways to help educate and support our patients. With Kidney Disease diagnosis on the rise, it is our duty to reach those in need, while also hoping to prevent new cases. We proudly support the National Kidney Foundation and their efforts. We also, sponsor and participate in local races and charity events here in Des Moines. The national Kidney foundation reaches millions of patients, doctors, and care teams to provide necessary resources keeping all of us informed on research developments, legislation, and the needs of the community. To get involved please visit their website at: www.kidney.org


Jun
11
Swelling

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Feeling a little puffy? When we retain fluid, specifically around our hands, legs, feet, and face, it can mean our bodies are trying to tell us something. Why does this happen? One cause is, too much sodium, or salt in our diets can be one reason. When we take in too much sodium our blood retains more fluid. The excess fluid is then dumped into surrounding tissues by our capillaries (small blood vessels) This extra fluid triggers our kidneys to retain even more fluid, making it difficult for our bodies to eliminate it.

Another cause of swelling (or edema) is called Nephrotic syndrome. This is when the kidneys release a protein called albumin into the urine. This specific protein regulates ...


Jun
11
Blood pressure and your Kidneys

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Feeling the pressure?


To understand the role of your kidneys, in blood pressure, you must first know what blood pressure is. Blood pressure is the force that your heart uses to pump blood around your body. Blood pressure is measured in two parts systolic and diastolic. Systolic blood pressure is the pressure used when your heart beats to push blood out of the heart. Diastolic pressure is your heart at rest between beats. Blood pressure is measure in millimeters of mercury (mmHg) and appears as a fraction which reads Systolic/Diastolic mmHg. Make sense so far? Good!


Now what about when you have high blood pressure, also known as Hypertension? This means that your heart is working harder to p...


Jun
11
I want to be a living Kidney Donor

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One of the greatest gifts you can give someone, is the gift of life. Organ donation has come a long way over the years. New technology, immunosuppressive drugs, and a database make accessibility to organs more efficient of a process. Unfortunately, this does not change the fact that millions of people will sit and wait for organs that never come, some may not live past the waiting process. It is estimated that 2,000 names are added to the organ transplant list every month. Vital organs may never be obtained such as hearts and livers. Kidney donation has a unique opportunity in that donors can be alive and survive on only one kidney.


If you are considering kidney donation, your first steps ...


Jun
11
Kidney Disease and the Flu Shot

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Should you have it? Can you have it?


Cold and Flu season is unavoidable! Every year the number of individuals affected rises and the death rates increase. The flu is a serious illness even for a healthy person, but what about a chronic kidney disease patient? The risks our patients face is much more serious and unique. With your bodies weakened state, it can make fighting off any unexpected illness even more challenging. The first step to a good offense is a good defense, right? That is why we recommend our chronic kidney patients consult with their care team about the importance of the flu shot. Here at Iowa Kidney Physicians, you can receive your flu shot during your visit. While the flu...


Jun
11
10 signs of Kidney Infection

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Your Body may be telling you something important and if you aren’t listening the results can be painful. Kidney Infections or pyelonephritis, can affect anyone at anytime and at any age but do tend to target women more readily than men. The infection starts in the bladder, usually as a UTI or Urinary Tract Infection. If left untreated or the conditions worsens the infection can travel and affect one or both kidneys. Know your signs, please check the list below. If you feel you may be suffering from a Kidney Infection, please call our office. An Emergent appointment may be necessary or even a trip to the ER. Kidney Infections, that are left untreated, can result in permeant Kidney da...


Jun
11
Acute Kidney Injury

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Acute Kidney injury or AKI is a sudden incident of kidney failure that comes on quickly. Unlike Chronic Kidney disease and renal failure that happens over time, AKI is sudden and comes on in a few days or hours. Causes for AKI are restricted or decreased blood flow, sepsis, direct kidney damage, or a blockage. The treatment for AKI usually involves a hospital stay. Our nephrologists are on-call at many area hospitals. This will make it easy for us to access your care and treatment. AKI is a serious and potentially life-threatening situation and must be taken seriously. Acute kidney injury is most common in patients who are in the hospital, in intensive care units, and especially in older ...