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Six Simple Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Kidney Stones Feb 14th, 2024

If you've ever dealt with a kidney stone, you know how painful it can be. Wouldn't it be great if you could avoid them altogether? Sometimes, getting a kidney stone is simply bad luck mixed with genetics and lifestyle factors but other times, it's completely avoidable. Understanding your specific risk...

Bladder Cancer Recurrence: What You Need to Know Jan 16th, 2024

Bladder cancer is a type of cancer that's completely treatable when caught early but it also has one of the highest rates of recurrence in the cancer world. If you've had bladder cancer and beat it, it's crucial to stay ahead of your health to watch for recurrence of the...

When is Frequent Urination Cause for Concern? Dec 6th, 2023

Getting up in the middle of the night to pee is a real nuisance, but it is only sometimes a cause for concern. However, if you're getting up several times a night and taking bathroom breaks throughout the day, you may be dealing with frequent urination. Some medications and lots...

Living With Diabetes: How to Keep Your Kidneys Healthy Nov 2nd, 2023

Living with diabetes is a daily challenge; managing blood sugars and preventing complications is hard enough without worrying about the rest of your body. However, diabetes affects more than just your blood sugar. It also affects the blood vessels, nerves, and kidneys over time. The more you control your blood...

Kidney Transplant Recovery: What to Expect Oct 2nd, 2023

The kidneys are vital organs the human body needs to filter toxic wastes from your blood. The body then excretes these wastes through urination. If the kidneys aren't working correctly, those wastes build up in the body. People with end-stage renal failure or who have damaged kidneys may benefit from...

Why Am I Seeing Blood in My Urine? Sep 1st, 2023

Blood in the urine, or hematuria, is a scary condition that may be due to a severe health problem. If you ever notice blood in your pee, you must seek help immediately, even if you don't have any other symptoms. In most cases, blood in the urine isn't a life-threatening...

What Happens if My Edema Goes Untreated? Aug 7th, 2023

You may notice swelling occasionally in your feet or hands, sometimes due to hot weather or after eating a salty meal. However, medical problems like kidney disease also cause swelling, a dangerous side effect. Edema is a condition that occurs with various medical problems and is essentially trapped fluid in...

What Can I Do if I’m Genetically Inclined to Be Obese? Jul 2nd, 2023

Obesity is a worldwide problem, often causing high healthcare costs and chronic medical issues especially if you have kidney issues as well. Many people are genetically predisposed to obesity, leading to additional challenges when maintaining a healthy weight.  However, just because your genetics point towards a life of excess weight...

Will My Kidney Stone Pass on its Own? Jun 2nd, 2023

Kidney stones come in all shapes and sizes, often causing severe discomfort when they pass through your system. It's pretty easy for a small stone to get through your urethra, but larger ones may require more aggressive treatment. If you're struggling with a kidney stone, the team at Metro Renal...

The Dangers of High Blood Pressure May 12th, 2023

Untreated high blood pressure often leads to cardiovascular problems — but did you know it also affects your kidney health? Hypertension is one of the leading contributors to kidney damage, and it only worsens as the disease progresses. You can, however, control your high blood pressure with medications and simple...

Will Blood in My Urine Go Away on its Own or Should I See a Doctor? Apr 9th, 2023

Your urine reflects your health, so it can be concerning when something doesn't seem right. If you've ever seen a red tint in your urine, you may be experiencing hematuria, which is blood in your urine. When you're concerned about how your urine looks, the team at Metro Renal Associates in Washington, DC,...

Why Are My Limbs So Swollen? Mar 3rd, 2023

Swelling in any part of your body isn't normal and is typically a sign of something else. Kidney problems can lead to swelling in your arms and legs because of excess fluids building up in your body. Swelling in your arms and legs is often known as edema and can...

What Makes Dialysis a Life-Saving Treatment? Feb 8th, 2023

Modern technology offers numerous ways to keep your body running, even when your organs do not work correctly. Dialysis is one method to keep damaged kidneys functioning.  At Metro Renal Associates in Washington, DC, and Capitol Heights, Maryland, our dedicated team provides cutting-edge treatments, including several types of dialysis. Dr....

Is Blood in Urine Always Cause for Concern? Jan 3rd, 2023

Urine is the way your body excretes excess fluids and waste products from your body. Usually, urine is pale yellow and clear. However, certain conditions may cause your urine to be cloudy, pink, or red, usually from blood. If you're experiencing blood in your urine or hematuria, the team at Metro Renal Associates in...

Is Diabetes Reversible? Dec 4th, 2022

When you have diabetes, your body doesn't manage your blood sugar correctly. Over time, high or low blood sugar levels are detrimental to your health. Still, you can successfully manage diabetes with the help of our team at Metro Renal Associates in Washington, DC, and Capitol Heights, Maryland. If you’re dealing with...

6 Telltale Symptoms of PKD Nov 2nd, 2022

Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a genetic disorder that doesn't always show signs right away but can put you at risk for severe kidney damage. If you have a family history of PKD, you need to understand the significant symptoms associated with the disease. The sooner it’s diagnosed, the better...

Who is Eligible For a Kidney Transplant? Oct 14th, 2022

Your kidneys are a crucial part of your body. They filter your blood and remove excess fluids, waste, and toxins to keep you healthy. When one or both of your kidneys aren't working correctly, you are at significant risk for health problems. At Metro Renal Associates in Washington, DC, and...

How High Blood Pressure Can Lead to Kidney Damage Sep 1st, 2022

High blood pressure takes its toll on your health over time. It increases your risk for conditions like heart disease and stroke. If you have chronic high blood pressure, you’re at risk for long-term kidney damage. At Metro Renal Associates, we can help you understand the relationship between your kidneys...

What’s Causing Blood in My Urine? Aug 10th, 2022

Hematuria, or blood in the urine, is a condition that can have many different causes. From too much exercise to kidney stones, the culprit behind your hematuria is vital to determining your treatment. No matter what the source is, it’s scary to have bloody urine. At Metro Renal Associates in Washington, DC, we...

How Does Dialysis Work? Jul 10th, 2022

Your kidneys are a vital part of your urinary system. They filter out excess waste and fluid from your blood. However, if you have kidney failure or end-stage kidney disease, these organs don’t work as they should. This is where dialysis comes in, taking over the work of your kidneys to keep...

Signs You Could Be Suffering from Kidney Disease Jun 24th, 2022

Your kidneys work hard 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to filter wastes from your bloodstream, control your blood pressure, and keep your bones strong. And that’s just a partial list of their daily chores. But people tend to ignore their kidneys until something goes wrong. Our board-certified...

Chronic Kidney Disease Jan 26th, 2022

Many patients dont know that they have CKD because usually there are no symptoms until the disease has advanced. People with advanced CKD may experience some of the symptoms listed below :  Swelling in the legs, ankles or feet Swelling or puffiness around the eyes Urine that is foamier or...

Kidney Disease in The District of Columbia Nov 25th, 2021

In the DC area, there are 26 million adults that have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). CKD is when your kidneys are working at reduced level. Many times, people do not feel CKD symptoms until it is too late. If your kidney function worsens severely, a individual can hae an utimely...

Home Dialysis Oct 9th, 2021

Home Hemodislysis works much like in-centwe hemodislysis but is done at home with smaller, more user-friendly machine that cleans toxins from your blood. With the help of care partner to perform the treatments, there are many potential benefits HHD patients can experince such as The ablitiy dialyze in the comfort...

Covid - 19 can lead to Kidney Disease Jul 13th, 2021

However, recent studies now suggest that individuals who recovered from AKI stemming from COVID-19 do not fully recover their kidney function and require kidney monitioring after they leave the hospital. These studies indicate that 34% of people with COVID-19 who survied had not yet recovered their normal kidney function after...

Hypertension May 1st, 2021

HTN is defined in the stages below Normal. <120. AND. <80.Prehypertension. 120-139. OR. 80-89.Stage I HTN. 140-159. OR. 90-99.Stage 2 HTN. >160. OR. >100. Keeping your blood pressure under control is vital for prolonging your life. When uncontrolled high blood pressure can cause  Chronic Kidney Diease.      

Peritoneal Dialysis Nov 16th, 2020

Some potential beneifts of PF include: Control of your own treatment and a more flexiable schedule. Functions more like natural kidneys Support preservation of remining kidney function, leading to better clincal outcomes Better transplant success rate.

Is it possible to know whether your kidney is damaged? Apr 9th, 2020

You have to get checked by your doctor. A doctor can perform a blood test or urine test to determine whether your kidneys have damages to them. In particular, the doctor looks for a blood test called creatinine.  If the creatinine is elevated, then there could be renal disease.  Also the doctor...