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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween From The Kidney Group

The Kidney & Hypertension Group Transplants Kidneys in Eight Patients This Month

Two more #kidney #transplants this week for two patients of Dr. Gabriel Valle!! Steve got a transplant in Tampa (University of South Florida) and Diane got a transplant at the University of Miami. Both are already home and doing well. Both were patients of our Peritoneal Dialysis program. This makes a total of 8 kidney transplants for the month of October for our group, breaking our previous record of 7 in a month in March of 2012. 3 patients came from our Peritoneal Dialysis program, 3 from our hemodialysis program, 1 was PD who transferred to hemodialysis, and 1 never needed dialysis at all. 7 of these were Dr. Gabriel Valle's patients, and 1 was a patient of Dr. Carlos Bejar. Later this week we will cover more of these stories in depth on our blog "Kidney World". If you are waiting for a kidney do not give up hope. Many of these stories were complicated, and often the patient grew discouraged. We kept them healthy, engaged, hopeful, and ON THE LIST at all times. That's the secret!! Congratulations to these patients and families and to the doctors and members of the Kidney & Hypertension Group and the team at our dialysis center especially our AMAZING nurses and GREAT social worker, Paola, for your continued excellent work!! A WONDERFUL month!! — at The Kidney & Hypertension Group.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Getting To Know Dr. Gabriel Valle of The Kidney & Hypertension Group of South Florida

Telephone: (954) 771-3929 Fax: (954) 771-2393 Languages: English, Spanish, French, Specialty/Specialties: Nephrology. Current Leadership Position- Chief of Medicine, Holy Cross Hospital. Focus Areas- All forms of kidney disease, Diabetic kidney Ddsease, Transplant, Critical Care, Geriatrics. Specialized Training- Dr. Valle has additional training in both critical care and geriatric medicine. Notable Work Experience- Founder and CEO of The Kidney Group (1989), Assistant Professor of Medicine at Nova Southeastern University, Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Board Certifications- American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine - Nephrology, American Board of Internal Medicine - Critical Care Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine - Geriatric Medicine. Certified as a Hypertension Specialist by the American Society of Hypertension, Residency/ Fellowship University of Miami School of Medicine. Higher Education: Medical School “Cayetano Heredia” Lima, Peru, Graduated top 1% of class. Professional Associations- American Medical Association, Broward County Medical Association, Renal Physician Association, American Society of Internal Medicine, American Society of Nephrology, American College of Chest Physicians. Awards- Voted “Top Doctor” every year since 2001, Castle Connelly “Best Doctors”, Chief Resident UM/JMH 1985-1986. Consultant Roles- Medical Director-Davita Fort Lauderdale. Research/Publications/Presentations- Author of medical textbook “The Kidney in Liver Disease”, Also published numerous articles in critical care in peer-reviewed journals. Most recently “Laproscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients”. 2001 NE 48th Court, Suite 4 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308. OR 300 NW 70th Ave Suite 302 Plantation, FL 33317. (954)771-3929

Monday, October 13, 2014

Tenofovir Use and the Kidney

The updated
HIV guidelines urge caution with Tenofovir use, particularly as it involves the kidney. If you are using Tenofovir or plan to begin using it, and are concerned about potential kidney issues, our doctors have extensive experience in this area. Contact us at (954)771-3929 and ask for Jessica who can connect you with the correct specialists in our group to help your navigate this issue successfully. http://www.renalandurologynews.com/hiv-tenofovir-chronic-kidney-disease-ckd-therapy/article/372267/

Monday, October 6, 2014

Living Successfully With HIV and Kidney Disease

The #Kidney & Hypertension Group has a clinic for patients living with #HIV and Kidney Disease, directed by Dr. Jorge Ajuria. We work closely with top area Infectious Disease specialists and offer our patients the latest in medical advances in living successfully with HIV and Kidney Disease. Contact Jessica at (954)7713929 for more information about our HIV/Kidney Disease Clinic.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

40% of Americans Over Age 60 Have Metabolic Syndrome-What Is It

Obesity-related hypertension frequently occurs in association with other CV risk factors, forming a constellation referred to as the metabolic syndrome (Table II).76 Although the concept of a metabolic syndrome has achieved widespread acceptance over the past 2 decades, no consensus has developed over the precise definition of the syndrome, nor over the criteria required to establish the diagnosis. No less than five sets of diagnostic criteria have been proposed by different international and national panels including the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the US National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel III (NCEP-ATP III), among others.77 The differences in criteria, although small and overlapping, point to the imprecision in defining the metabolic syndrome, and to the differences in the perceived importance of the various manifestations. Using the NCEP-ATP III criteria and the NHANES III survey it has been estimated that about 30% of the US population has the metabolic syndrome.78 The prevalence increases with age so that by 60 years, more than 40% of people meet criteria for the diagnosis. Table II. Metabolic Syndrome- Many sets of diagnostic criteria: Critical components: Hypertension, Central obesity, Insulin resistance (hyperinsulinemia), Characteristic dyslipidemia, High triglycerides, Low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Other associations- Impaired glucose tolerance; type 2 diabetes mellitus, Microalbuminuria; chronic renal disease, Prothrombotic diathesi,s Small dense low-density lipoprotein, [UPWARDS ARROW] Inflammatory markers
SOURCE: American Society of Hypertension

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