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Your heart and kidneys – closer than you think

Categories: Diabetes  /  Heart Health

Your body’s organ systems don’t function in silos, and Dr. Anand Prasad doesn’t think your healthcare should, either. Imagine you are looking inside the human body. It’s easy to identify the big, separate organs: there’s the heart, up in the chest, pumping away at its job of distributing blood throughout the system; look a little lower down toward the back and you’ll find the kidneys, the bean-shaped objects busily filtering the blood as it moves. One moves it, one cleans it. They need each other. It’s a relationship. And it’s complicated. “Kidney disease itself is a risk factor for heart …Read More >

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A safer way to repair hearts and reduce the risk of kidney damage

Categories: Heart Health  /  News  /  Surgery  /  Technology

The ability of doctors to thread catheters and stents through blood vessels has transformed medicine — often providing an alternative to big incisions and long recovery times. More than a million catheterizations to repair the heart and its vessels are performed in the United States each year. But for some patients with kidney disease, those catheter procedures come with a big asterisk. Contrast dye, used to allow doctors to see blockages and other problems, can be toxic. Healthy kidneys can flush the dye out of the body quickly after a procedure. But for patients with poorly functioning kidneys, the dye …Read More >

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