Why Taking Your Medications is Important for Your Health

This week’s letter is about the importance of taking the medications your doctor orders for you. Why is this medication important? Patients who take all the pills that their doctor orders are healthier, hospitalized less and live longer. Not taking pills as ordered can make you feel iller, spend more time in the hospital and […]

The Length of Hemodialysis Effects your Health

One of my recent letters talked about options to in-center hemodialysis lasting about 4 hours. This message is for those of you continuing on this type of dialysis. I want to discuss the amount of time that you spend on dialysis. Proper Hemodialysis Time Length We know that a minimum of 4 hours of on […]

Choosing the Best Type of Dialysis

I am writing this Medical Director Letter to talk about the type of dialysis options that patients have to try to improve their health. First of all, what do I mean when I say “to improve your health”? This can mean to generally feel better. This can mean to be able to go back to […]

Medication Adherence

Amit Kapoor, M.D. Excerpt from Kapoor’s Korner: A series of blog posts by Dr. Kapoor about the latest trends/topics/viewpoints in Nephrology and healthcare by Dr. Amit Kapoor. Importance of Medication Adherence Physicians will often talk to you about medication adherence or compliance. But what does that really mean for you? Objectively it means the extent […]

Healthcare Value

Amit Kapoor, M.D. Healthcare Value & Associated Costs Excerpt from Kapoor’s Korner: A series of blog posts by Dr. Kapoor about the latest trends/topics/viewpoints in Nephrology and healthcare by Dr. Amit Kapoor. Although not a novel concept, recently the discussion in healthcare, either in a journal article, the nightly news, a medical conference, or even […]

Management of Kidney Fluid

It is important to avoid excess weight gain between treatments. Gaining and retaining too much fluid increases your chances of dying, chances of being hospitalized and makes it more likely you will develop heart problems.  Also gaining too much may make you either feel sick before dialysis or feel more washed out after dialysis. I […]

Introduction to Dialysis Sessions

We want to educate all of our dialysis patients about important items that help determine how healthy they will be.  I particularly want to stress things that patients can do that either can make the patient healthier or less healthy. This includes actions that:  1) increase or decrease the chance that you will die over […]

Risk of Having a Hemodialysis Catheter

Having a catheter for hemodialysis leads to many more deaths and hospitalizations compared to having an access in the arm (or if the arm is not possible, in the leg).  Other than coming for dialysis, making sure that you do not have a catheter is the most important thing you can do.   If you […]