07
Aug

Become an Advocate for Your Kidney Health

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A diagnosis of any kind, including chronic kidney disease, doesn’t come with a manual on how to be a patient. Many patients often feel overwhelmed by their diagnosis and somewhat powerless in their treatment. At Cincinnati Home Dialysis, we believe it is imperative that our patients take an active role in their care. There are several things you can do to become an advocate for your health.

14
May

Which home dialysis treatment is right for me?

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Choosing a dialysis treatment can be overwhelming. That’s why we at Cincinnati Home Dialysis are strong advocates for treatment types that allow our patients to enjoy the most quality of life and independence they can. There are a lot of things you’ll need to consider before selecting the kidney disease treatment type that’s right for you, and we’re here to help you through this process.

30
Mar

4 ways to care for your kidneys every day

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As National Kidney Month comes to a close, we’re reminded that taking good care of your kidneys is a daily commitment throughout the year. Your kidneys play a key role in some of your body’s most vital functions, like filtering waste. That’s why we at Cincinnati Home Dialysis strongly encourage our community to take steps now to prevent kidney decline and the onset of kidney disease. This is all the more important if you are at risk for kidney disease.

Here are four ways you can show some love to your kidneys today and every day:

18
Feb

4 Heart Health Tips for Home Dialysis Patients

 

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February is American Heart Month. This month is all about raising heart heath awareness and adopting healthy behaviors. As a home dialysis patient, maintaining your heart health is critically important: heart disease is a leading cause of death for those with kidney failure. Even if you’ve already been diagnosed with heart disease, practicing heart healthy behaviors could prevent your condition from getting worse.

19
Nov

Home Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis: What’s the Difference?

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If you have chronic kidney disease, there are several types of dialysis that may be right for you. In general, dialysis is designed to perform similar functions that your kidney can no longer do effectively on its own. This means removing toxins and wastes from your bloodstream, maintaining your body’s chemical balance, and preventing extra water from accumulating in your body.

There are two main types of home dialysis treatment: home hemodialysis (HHD) and peritoneal dialysis (PD).

03
Jul

Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) Explained

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), you may be feeling overwhelmed by the amount of information being thrown at you. One term you will hear frequently is GFR, or glomerular filtration rate.

Your glomerular filtration rate is an indication of how well your kidneys are working, and is used to determine your stage of kidney disease.

The test itself requires a blood sample that is sent to a lab for analysis. Your blood sample will be tested for creatinine, which is the chemical waste product of creatine. Creatine supplies energy to your muscles. You may also provide a urine sample to test for protein in your urine – an indication of kidney disease.

Your GFR will be determined using a formula that includes a combination of factors such as your creatinine levels, age, gender, height, weight, and ethnicity. A high GFR indicates a higher percentage of kidney function. The stages of chronic kidney disease are approximated to the following GFRs:

Stage 1 – 90-100% kidney function

Stage 2 – 60-89% kidney function

Stage 3a – 45-59% kidney function

Stage 3b – 30-44% kidney function

Stage 4 – 15-29% kidney function

Stage 5 – 15% or less kidney function

When your GFR is low, it indicates that your kidneys are not working as they should. Detecting kidney disease early will allow you to start treatment sooner and may help keep the disease from progressing.

After being diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, your nephrologist may order this test at regular intervals to assess the disease’s progression and plan the appropriate treatment. At Cincinnati Home Dialysis, we provide early stage treatment for chronic kidney disease. Your care team can help determine which treatment option best aligns with your lifestyle and needs.

13
May

Join Us for the 2018 Cincinnati Kidney Walk!

Cincinnati Kidney Walk 2017

From all of us at Cincinnati Home Dialysis – our team, our patients, and our community – we hope you join us at Fountain Square on Sunday, May 20th for the 2018 Cincinnati Kidney Walk!

The Kidney Walk is a rain or shine event organized by the National Kidney Foundation. Your participation in the event allows this organization to continue supporting those affected by kidney disease, from kidney donors, recipients, and families. Participants can earn prizes for raising money like a t-shirt, beach tote, fleece jacket, and personalized support from the Kidney Walk staff. The Cincinnati Kidney Walk’s fundraising goal is $130,000.

This year’s walk is expected to bring over 3,000 participants to downtown Cincinnati. There will be two routes from Fountain Square for walkers, one short (about 30 minutes) and one long (about an hour and 15 minutes). Registration for the event begins at 8:30 a.m., kickoff programming at 9:20 a.m., and walking at 10 a.m. You’ll find our Cincinnati Home Dialysis team at an exhibitor booth on the Square.

For more information about the walking routes, parking, and registration, visit the Cincinnati Kidney Walk event page. Follow along with other nationwide Kidney Walks on social media with #kidneywalk.

We hope to see you there!