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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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After a kidney transplant, the right care

Categories: News  /  Transplants

It once was pretty unusual to encounter someone with a transplanted kidney. Not anymore. Last year, more than 19,000 kidney transplants were performed across the country — a number that has grown in each of the last four years. That means a greater chance that community physicians without special training in transplant medicine might find themselves providing care for one or more of these patients. But while kidney transplants are more common, managing the care of transplant patients remains just as complex. Patients take a number of medications and follow dietary advice to avoid rejection of their new kidney. That …Read More >

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When a child’s Christmas wish is a transplant

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  Surgery  /  Transplants

While most of us are caught up in the whirlwind of last-minute shopping and holiday plans this week, nine children on the transplant list are hoping for a different and very generous gift — either from a living donor or from someone who has made the decision to donate their organs after passing away. Most of these children must come to University Hospital three times a week and spend several hours connected to a dialysis machine to survive. Dialysis is an artificial process that does the work of healthy kidneys to filter toxins from the blood. “Dialysis is a blessing because …Read More >

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