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Monday, August 25, 2014

A Grateful Patient Thanks Dr. Gabriel Valle and The Kidney And Hypertension Group

Thank you, Giovanna for this review of Dr. Gabriel Valle "I thank God, Dr. Valle, and the excellent staff at Holy Cross Hospital for saving my life! The aftercare at the Kidney Group was/is wonderful. I have been given a second chance, please let me take it and run with it. Thanks,again. Giovanna "

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Diabéticos:cuiden vuestros riñones!

Los riñones son otro de los órganos que se ven afectados cuando tienes diabetes y no te cuidas. A la complicación que sufre este órgano se le llama nefropatía diabética y si es severa puede causar que tus riñones dejen de funcionar. Desde el momento en que recibes la noticia de que tienes diabetes, el médico será muy enfático en indicarte que debes cuidarte. El controlar tus niveles de glucosa (azúcar) en la sangre y mantenerlos dentro de los niveles saludables es la clave para que evites las complicaciones de la diabetes, que afectan a varios órganos del cuerpo, como el corazón y los vasos sanguíneos, los ojos, los nervios, los dientes y las encías y, por supuesto, los riñones, según el sitio vidaysalud.com. Para entender cómo surge la llamada nefropatía diabética es una buena idea explicar de qué se trata el funcionamiento de los riñones y cómo es que la diabetes descontrolada llega a dañarlos hasta el punto de que dejen de funcionar. Los riñones cumplen una tarea que no es nada fácil y que podría compararse con una máquina compleja de reprocesamiento. Todos los días purifican cerca de 190 litros de sangre para filtrar 1.9 litros de deshechos y el exceso de agua que se convierten en orina y son almacenados por la vejiga. Los desechos se forman como resultado de la descomposición normal de los tejidos y de los alimentos que consumimos. Una vez que el cuerpo toma lo que necesita de los alimentos para fabricar energía y reparar los tejidos, los desechos son enviados a través de la sangre. Si lo riñones no filtraran estos desperdicios, se acumularían en la sangre y el cuerpo se intoxicaría. La filtración de los desperdicios ocurre en pequeñas “unidades” que se encuentran dentro de los riñones y se denominan nefronas. Cada uno de tus riñones tiene aproximadamente un millón de nefronas, y allí, un pequeño vaso sanguíneo (capilar) conocido como glomérulo se une a un pequeño tubo que recoge la orina llamado túbulo y se produce un complejo intercambio de sustancias químicas a medida que los desechos y el agua salen de la sangre y entran al sistema urinario (de la orina). ¡No te descuides! Tus riñones tienen una tarea muy importante y son un tesoro que debes valorar.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Protecting Your Remaining Kidney Function While On Dialysis

Did you know it is critical to protect your kidneys even when you are on dialysis and that every drop of urine you make, on dialysis, is very important. We work with our ESRD patients to maintain as much kidney function as possible. Especially important and sometimes tricky while patients undergo the work-up for transplant. If you would like more information on this important topic, one of our 6 board certified nephrologists is happy to see you. 954 7713929. — at The Kidney & Hypertension Group.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

A Patient Posts A Very Nice Compliment For Dr. Gabriel Valle

Thank you for this compliment for Dr. Gabriel Valle, Giovanna. It is so nice we are going to post it. "What a handsome, compassionate man. Thank you for saving my life. The Kidney Hypertension Group is stocked with excellence. I recommend to any and everyone. Sincerely, Giovanna Guerio"

Friday, August 1, 2014

Seeing A Nephrologist Early In The Course Of Kidney Disease Influences Both Outcomes and Mortality

How early in the course of your #kidney disease you receive care from a nephrologist influences how well you do and your risk of dying, as this article points out. Everyone should understand their GFR and what stage of kidney disease they are in each time you have labwork. This article refers to patients with a GFR of 44 or less which is CKD3b to CKD 5. If you have kidney disease and have not seen a nephrologist, speak to your primary care doctor at your next visit. The goal is to halt or slow the progression of your chronic kidney disease at the earliest point possible. http://cjasn.asnjournals.org/content/early/2014/07/28/CJN.10481013.abstract

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Dr. Elio Torres of the Kidney and Hypertension Group is also a Kidney Transplant Specialist

Dr. Elio Torres is a Nephrologist (A Kidney and Hypertension Specialist) at The Kidney and Hypertension Group of South Florida. Originally from Venezuela, Dr. Torres did his Nephrology and Transplant training at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. He also serves as the KHG Transplant Specialist, having completed a special Fellowship in the pre and post operative care of the kidney transplant patient. He follows the many kidney transplant patients of the KHG in conjunction with their various Transplant Centers. This is a very big help to patients who often are hampered by long drives or even flights to return to their original Transplant Centers and Dr. Torres helps bridge this gap in care. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Nephrology, and Transplant Medicine. Known for his keen diagnostic skills, combined with a warm and caring manner, Dr. Torres is always a patient favorite. In addition to transplant, Dr. Torres likes caring for patients with Hypertension, Diabetic Kidney Disease, Autoimmune Diseases, and of course complications of Transplant. Dr. Torres sees patients in both KHG offices-in Plantation at 300 NW 70th Avenue near the Westfield Mall, and in Fort Lauderdale on the grounds of Holy Cross Hospital. To make an appointment with Dr. Torres, call (954)771-3929.

Monday, July 7, 2014

6 Tips To Reduce Your Blood Pressure Naturally

"Before opting for drugs, here are some safe ways to lower your blood pressure- If you want to keep your blood pressure in check, first talk to your doctor, and try these natural approaches: Lose weight It’s established that blood pressure can rise with weight, so maintaining a healthy weight range is one of the best ways to protect yourself. Losing weight has also been shown to lower blood pressure and lessen the strain on the heart. According to the Mayo Clinic: Men are at risk if their waist measurement is greater than 40 inches (102 centimeters, or cm). Women are at risk if their waist measurement is greater than 35 inches (89 cm). Eat healthy Consuming a diet that’s rich in fruits and vegetables is a good idea to keep blood pressure in check. Studies looking at the Mediterranean diet—which is high in plant-based foods, grains, and healthy fats like nuts and olive oil—show it may have heart protective benefits. Why? It’s thought that compounds in these foods can lower inflammation, which allows for stronger and clearer blood vessels. And experts agree that whatever you do, avoid processed foods as much as possible. Exercise Breaking a sweat can keep you protected from hypertension. Getting at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise many days a week can lower blood pressure, according to the Mayo Clinic. Even exercise like walking can be good for your heart. Cut back on caffeine Even if you do not have high blood pressure, caffeine has been shown to spike heart rate and blood pressure. It’s unclear why, but it’s possible that the adrenaline gets blood pressure to rise, or caffeine interferes with how wide our arteries are. Some people are more sensitive to the effects of caffeine than others, so know your limit. Most public health agencies say that four cups of coffee per day should be your limit. Chill out Too much stress is known to get your blood boiling, at least temporarily. It’s not confirmed that stress causes high blood pressure, but the American Heart Association notes that the hormones involved with the body’s “flight or fight” response can make the heart beat faster and constrict blood vessels–that can cause blood pressure to rise for a short period. Taking care of your stress and mental health is important for your overall wellbeing, so don’t ignore signs you are feeling overwhelmed. Avoid smoking and cut back on drinking Nicotine raises blood pressure even after you’ve put the cigarette out, so people who smoke throughout the day are keeping their blood pressure elevated. Drinking too much alcohol can also temporarily raise blood pressure, and consuming a lot of alcohol similarly keeps these levels up. Not to mention, heavy drinking can lead to weight gain, which is another risk factor for blood pressure. Cutting back can lower your risk. (Source-Time magazine)

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