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How The Level Of Care You Receive Affects Your Kidney Disease

Posted on: July 16, 2018 by in Blog
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It is no surprise that chronic kidney disease – CKD – can be extremely tough on anyone’s emotions.

However, some recent findings have been published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology which indicate that the level and standard of care that a CKD patient is receiving can strongly influence – positively or negatively – that patient’s emotional perspective.

If you are dealing with CKD – or if you love someone who is – keep reading. This will be a brief discussion about what kind of care chronic kidney disease patients should expect – and what their rights are if the level of that care falls below the accepted professional standard.

WHAT HAVE RESEARCHERS FOUND REGARDING MEDICAL CARE AND CKD?

When a team of researchers interviewed patients with late-stage chronic kidney disease at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System in Seattle, Washington, three predominant themes emerged:

1. When healthcare providers appear to lack empathy or insight into a patient’s CKD experience, the patient may feel distrust, isolation, alienation, and or abandonment.

2. Patients are also affected by the way their healthcare services are provided and organized. A smooth operation engenders confidence. Mistakes and confusion on the part of healthcare providers and facility staffers can trigger distrust and/or anxiety.

3. Many chronic kidney disease patients struggle emotionally and often blame themselves for being ill. It doesn’t help that many healthcare providers seem to push patients through the healthcare system in a way that is perceived by patients as insensitive and impersonal.

WHAT WERE THE GOALS AND CONCLUSIONS OF THE RESEARCHERS?

Research team leader Dr. Anne O’Hare explains: “Our questions were intentionally open-ended and we encouraged patients to talk freely about what was important to them.”

“It was striking to us,” Dr. O’Hare writes, “that strong themes emerged related to patients’ emotional experience of illness even though we did not ask any questions that were specifically designed to learn about this.”

Dr. O’Hare’s team hopes that their research will give healthcare providers a greater awareness and understanding of chronic kidney disease patients, their emotions, and their reactions.

WHEN DOES MEDICAL MALPRACTICE HAPPEN?

In the worst-case scenario, when a chronic kidney disease patient’s medical care falls below the accepted professional standard, medical malpractice can happen, and a patient could be seriously injured or suffer a rapid and dangerous decline in health.

If you have recently been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, you should know that millions of CKD sufferers are able to manage chronic kidney disease with only minor inconveniences. If you follow your doctor’s advice, you will probably stay reasonably healthy for years to come.

But if you are a chronic kidney disease patient and you believe that you are or have been a victim of medical malpractice, you must arrange at once to discuss your legal rights and options with a medical malpractice attorney. Don’t wait another day.

HOW IS MEDICAL MALPRACTICE DEFINED?

Medical professionals are obligated both legally and professionally to provide their patients with a “reasonable” standard of care, which means competent, professional healthcare comparable to what other healthcare providers offer in similar circumstances.

Specifically, healthcare professionals should:

1. order the tests that are standard and routine given a patient’s condition
2. examine those test results promptly
3. consult with a specialist when necessary
4. send you to a nephrologist – a kidney specialist – if CKD is suspected

When doctors and other healthcare professionals fail to provide chronic kidney disease patients with a reasonable standard of medical care, they are negligent, but it is not necessarily medical malpractice.

WHEN DOES NEGLIGENCE BECOME MALPRACTICE?

Medical negligence only becomes medical malpractice when the negligence of a healthcare provider is a direct cause of harm or injury to a patient.

Of course, every case of medical malpractice is unique, and each allegation of medical malpractice must be carefully scrutinized from both the medical and legal angles.

If medical malpractice has caused you injury or harm, or if your medical condition declined as a result of medical malpractice, you are entitled under the law in all fifty states to monetary compensation, and you have the right to take legal action.

WHAT WILL A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CLAIM ACCOMPLISH?

A successful medical malpractice claim can reimburse you for your additional healthcare needs and related expenses, and in some cases for your personal pain and suffering as well.

Chronic kidney disease is manageable when it is diagnosed early and accurately. However, a failure to obtain an early, accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment can lead to a lifetime of medications and dialysis, the need for a kidney transplant, or even a complete kidney failure.

Chronic kidney disease patients should ask their healthcare providers the questions that they believe are important, and they should expect detailed, comprehensive answers. Do not allow yourself to be intimidated by any doctor or by any healthcare facility.

As a chronic kidney disease patient, if you think or feel that something is not right, speak up immediately. As the researchers in the Seattle study found, it is important to be treated by doctors and nurses you trust.

Ask plenty of questions – to ensure that your doctors know the answers, and for your own piece of mind. Jed Kurzban, a medical malpractice lawyer based in South Florida, urges CKD patients to be pro-active and ask plenty of questions.

Attorney Kurzban says, “Don’t listen and accept. Be an advocate for your own health. Question the doctor and be satisfied with the answers – don’t allow yourself to be dismissed or brushed off because of time. Fight for your right to know more. This is YOUR health, not the doctor’s.”

HOW CAN A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWYER HELP?

If you become a victim of medical malpractice while you are seeking treatment for chronic kidney disease, it is genuinely imperative to take legal action – both for yourself and for other chronic kidney disease patients in the future.

If you are a victim of medical malpractice as well as a CKD patient, discuss your rights and options with a medical malpractice lawyer before you make any final decisions.

You should also know that every state has established a statute of limitations that restricts the amount of time you have to take legal action after an incident of medical malpractice. In most states, that statute of limitations is two, three, or four years from the date of the incident.

IF YOU ARE A MALPRACTICE VICTIM, WHEN DO YOU NEED TO ACT?

Do not wait two years to take action. If you were injured or if your health has declined due to an incident of medical malpractice, you genuinely need to speak to a malpractice lawyer right away.

Healthcare providers who negligently harm others – others who are already suffering – can be held accountable. Medical malpractice simply cannot be tolerated. It endangers lives.

Don’t hesitate to act if you have been hurt by medical malpractice. An experienced medical malpractice attorney will handle your case and fight aggressively for compensation – and for justice – on your behalf.

Can Kidney Disease Affect The Brain?

Posted on: June 12, 2018 by in Blog
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Chronic kidney disease can be physically, emotionally, and financially draining. According to the National Kidney Foundation, about 26 million of us in the United States struggle with chronic kidney disease (CKD), while another 20 million are at risk.

Nephrologists – kidney disease specialists – focus on the kidney itself, but can kidney disease affect other parts of the body? What about its impact on your mental health?

CAN CKD DIRECTLY AND PHYSICALLY AFFECT THE BRAIN?

Kidney research conducted in the Netherlands and published in 2015 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology determined that poor kidney function is linked closely to a decreased blood flow to the brain.

The researchers also learned that chronic kidney disease patients have a heightened risk for memory difficulties, stroke, and dementia.

“Our findings provide a possible explanation linking kidney disease to brain disease,” said Dr. M. Arfan Ikram, a researcher and assistant professor at Erasmus University Medical Center.

Dr. Ikram explained, “Also, given that kidney disease and (reduced blood flow to) the brain are both possibly reversible, there might be an opportunity to explore how improving these conditions can ultimately reduce one’s risk of developing brain disease.”

WHAT ELSE HAVE KIDNEY RESEARCHERS FOUND?

The research team also concluded that the risk for brain disorders is not restricted to chronic kidney disease patients but may extend to others experiencing milder kidney difficulties.

Research conducted at Temple University in 2012 indicates that impaired kidney function is linked to impaired cognitive functioning in areas such as memory and abstract reasoning.

Adam Davey, an associate professor of public health at Temple, led the research team, which concluded that cognitive functioning and renal functioning “tracked together, so … the rate of cognitive decline is associated with deterioration in kidney function.”

WHAT DO THESE FINDINGS MEAN?

What does all of this research mean if you are an average person or a CKD patient?

If a blood test indicates an abnormal blood urea nitrogen level, your kidneys may not be filtering your blood properly. Urea is toxic. It can do serious damage to major organs including the brain.

In fact, an abnormally high blood urea nitrogen level can cause thought, memory, language, and perception disorders and can also radically impact a CKD sufferer’s attitude and behavior.

When your kidneys function improperly, you are also at risk for problems like heart disease, infertility, nerve damage, and bone disease.

WHY IS AN EARLY, ACCURATE CKD DIAGNOSIS SO IMPORTANT?

Thee are just several of the reasons why an early and accurate diagnosis of chronic kidney disease is absolutely imperative.

A misdiagnosis may be a diagnosis that was entirely missed, needlessly delayed, or inaccurate. According to the Institute of Medicine and the National Academies of Science, chronic kidney disease is one of the most frequently misdiagnosed conditions in the U.S.

If a doctor misdiagnoses chronic kidney disease, delayed treatment may exacerbate your condition and may in fact have serious medical consequences.

If you suffer with CKD and you have been misdiagnosed at any time since you first sought treatment, you should speak at once to a medical malpractice attorney who routinely works on behalf of chronic kidney disease patients.

WHAT ABOUT THE PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACT OF CKD?

Anyone can suffer from depression; patients with chronic diseases like CKD have no monopoly on the condition. And just because someone has chronic kidney disease, it does not necessarily mean that person will suffer with depression.

Chronic kidney disease does, however make depression more likely.

CKD patients who suffer from depression or from high anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, or any other mental illness should of course seek treatment for the condition.

Many chronic kidney disease patients suffering from depression have sought treatment and have learned to manage both the CKD as well as their emotional and mental health.

How can you “manage” your own mental health? Regular physical activity will give you energy and lower the stress level.

Lower stress is important for both your physical and emotional health – especially when you are struggling with CKD. And no one with chronic kidney disease should be hesitant to seek mental health services if they need to.

ARE MEDICATIONS FOR DEPRESSION SAFE FOR CKD PATIENTS?

Psychiatrists are often asked to medicate patients with chronic kidney disease.

However, according to the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, dosing errors occur frequently with patients who have CKD, especially in later stages when it’s more difficult for a patient’s body to process and benefit from medications.

When ordering prescription drugs, psychiatrists must be cognizant of the impact of chronic kidney disease on the absorption and effectiveness of the medicines.

If any doctor orders the wrong drug or dosage, or should a pharmacy negligently give you the wrong medicine, your medical condition could deteriorate rapidly.

If that should happen, you will need to speak at once with a skilled medical malpractice lawyer about your legal rights and recourse, which might include suing for medical malpractice.

HOW IS MEDICAL MALPRACTICE DEFINED?

When medical professionals fail to provide what the profession itself has established as a reasonable standard of care, those medical professionals are negligent.

If you are injured or if your health markedly declines as the result of that negligence, it is medical malpractice.

Under the laws of all fifty states, the victims of medical malpractice are entitled to financial compensation for their injuries, but those victims will require an attorney’s advice and representation.

HOW CAN A MALPRACTICE LAWYER HELP YOU?

The victims of medical malpractice may receive compensation for their additional medical care, lost income, lost earning potential, and in many states, for their pain and suffering as well.

Any failure to receive an accurate early diagnosis and the right medication for chronic kidney disease can lead to a lifetime of drugs and dialysis, the necessity of a kidney transplant, or even complete kidney failure.

An unnecessary death could be the result. If you become the victim of medical malpractice while seeking treatment for chronic kidney disease, an experienced medical malpractice attorney can help.

If you suffer with CKD, getting the legal help and the medical treatment you need could make a huge difference for yourself and your loved ones.

If you believe that you are a victim of medical malpractice, make the call now, and arrange to speak with a medical malpractice lawyer at once. That is your right.

Depression And Kidney Disease (And How You Can Cope With Both)

Posted on: May 15, 2018 by in Blog
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There is no direct link between kidney disease and depression. Everyone feels “down” or “blue” once in a while, but depression can steal someone’s joy and happiness for weeks or even years.

When someone suffers from kidney disease, or even with end-stage renal failure, it does not necessarily mean that the person will also struggle with depression. Once again, there is no direct link.

Nevertheless – and like a divorce or the death of a loved one – a serious medical condition can frequently trigger the onset of depression.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION?

When someone has chronic kidney disease – or any comparably serious medical condition – depression is a real possibility. That person’s family members and healthcare providers need to know and look for the signs of depression.

Like many medical conditions, depression is usually easier to deal with when it is diagnosed and treated in the earliest stages.

What are the signs of depression? Only a qualified healthcare professional can make an accurate diagnosis. If anything on the following list describes you or someone you love, you may or may not be dealing with depression:

1. relentless sadness, even in situations where a typical person is happy or joyous
2. difficulty making decisions
3. excessive irritability
4. constant and overwhelming fatigue or sleep disorders
5. loss of appetite
6. frequent negative and even suicidal thoughts

HOW CAN KIDNEY DISEASE AFFECT SOMEONE SUFFERING DEPRESSION?

Chronic kidney disease can exacerbate depression in a number of ways, but if you suffer from either condition – and especially if you’re struggling with both – be certain that you are getting the help and treatment that you need for your mental as well as your physical well-being.

Depression is treated with counseling or medication – and usually with both. In counseling, a trained mental health professional discusses with a patient that patient’s depression and how best to cope with it.

For many who struggle with depression – and particularly for kidney disease patients with no history of depression or mental illness prior to the kidney disease diagnosis – only several months of counseling may be necessary.

If you have chronic kidney disease, be certain that your healthcare provider knows about your kidney medications. Your doctors may need to consult one another, and you may need to substitute other medications or adjust the dosage amounts.

WHY IS IT IMPERATIVE TO SEEK PROMPT TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION?

Depression can be treated over time, but if it is not treated – or if it’s misdiagnosed or improperly treated – depression can be dangerous. Without proper treatment, suicidal thoughts can become more frequent – and more overwhelming.

Getting the help you need – for kidney disease, depression, or both – is imperative, but it does not necessarily eliminate all of your risks.

Medical malpractice has now spiraled into a virtual epidemic in the United States, and anyone who seeks medical treatment is a potential medical malpractice victim.

HOW WIDESPREAD IS MEDICAL MALPRACTICE?

In fact, the National Academy of Sciences tells us that medical malpractice is the cause of more deaths in the United States every year than traffic collisions or breast cancer. Malpractice is far too common, and it’s on the rise.

With an accurate, early diagnosis, chronic kidney disease can be treated. Its progress can be slowed, and in some cases, even halted.

However, if a patient’s test results are misinterpreted, or if the indications of kidney disease are not even recognized, a patient’s health can deteriorate rapidly. And that’s medical malpractice.

When a doctor or another healthcare provider does not follow standard procedures, misdiagnoses a disease or any other medical condition, prescribes the wrong medication, or makes a surgical mistake, it’s usually medical malpractice.

WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE?

Medical malpractice has a precise legal definition. It is any breach of the medical profession’s “reasonable standard of care” that results in harm or injury to a patient.

Sometimes it’s difficult to know whether you are a medical malpractice victim. Every medical malpractice claim must be scrutinized carefully from both the medical and legal perspectives.

If you become a victim of medical malpractice while seeking or receiving treatment for depression or for chronic kidney disease, you will very much need an experienced medical malpractice attorney to protect your rights and to hold accountable the party who injured you.

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR RIGHTS?

If you suspect medical malpractice, but you’re not sure, consult a malpractice lawyer. Most medical malpractice lawyers offer a free first consultation, so it costs nothing to learn more about your rights and about where you stand legally as a potential medical malpractice victim.

To prevail with a medical malpractice claim, your lawyer must be able to show that your healthcare provider breached his or her legal and professional “duty of care.”

Additionally, medical malpractice victims and their attorneys must prove that the healthcare provider’s negligence was a direct cause of the personal injury or injuries sustained by the victim.

Finally, victims and their medical malpractice lawyers must prove that a personal injury or injuries resulted in quantifiable damages, and they must outline the extent of the damages.

WHO QUALIFIES TO FILE A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CLAIM?

If your chronic kidney disease was misdiagnosed, if you’ve had a bad reaction to any prescribed medication, or if your overall health declined after obtaining any kidney disease treatment, you may qualify to file a medical malpractice claim.

Depression and kidney disease can both be treated, but they must be treated properly.

If you or someone you love has been misdiagnosed, improperly treated, or injured as a consequence of medical malpractice related to chronic kidney disease, discuss your legal rights and options at once with an experienced medical malpractice attorney.

WHAT IS A VICTIM OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ENTITLED TO?

Perhaps the worst aspect of medical malpractice is that its victims are already suffering bad health – they’re victimized twice.

A victim of medical malpractice is entitled by law to compensation for any additional medical costs, lost wages, pain, suffering, and more. That is your right.

If you even suspect that you have been affected by an incident of medical malpractice, talk to a medical malpractice lawyer at once, and get the help you need. That’s also your right.

Adjusting To Life After A Kidney Transplant

Posted on: April 13, 2018 by in Blog
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The success of a kidney transplant procedure hinges on a number of factors.

If you or someone you love struggles with chronic kidney disease, or if you have already received a transplanted kidney, keep reading for some important insights and tips about adjusting to life after a kidney transplant.

WHAT ARE THE GUIDELINES FOR A KIDNEY RECIPIENT’S RECOVERY?

Here are the four basic guidelines for a successful recovery after a kidney transplant procedure:

1. Get regular check-ups from your transplant surgeon and your other healthcare providers.
2. Take prescribed anti-rejection medicines at the right times and in the proper dosages.
3. Don’t miss any clinic visits or lab tests. They ensure your kidney is functioning properly.
4. Pursue a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and a proper diet.

IS REJECTION NORMAL AFTER TRANSPLANT SURGERY?

The rejection of a new organ is the most common medical complication that transplant patients experience. It is the body’s typical response to any transplant procedure.

Rejection can happen in two ways after a kidney transplant procedure:

1. Acute rejection can happen any time up to a year after the transplant surgery. In most cases, acute rejection is treatable.

2. Chronic rejection happens slowly over time. Chronic rejection is not yet fully understood, and treatments for chronic rejection are not usually successful.

WHAT DRUGS ARE PRESCRIBED FOR KIDNEY TRANSPLANT PATIENTS?

Anti-rejection medications (immunosuppressants) suppress the activity and strength of the immune system. That helps most patients avoid the body’s rejection of a new kidney.

Kidney rejection is difficult to detect at its onset, but once a rejection begins, it is not typically reversible.

Do not stop taking your anti-rejection medication after a kidney transplant operation. Even if you feel great and everything is working splendidly, failing to take the immunosuppressants – even for a short time – could trigger the onset of rejection.

After a kidney transplant procedure, try to make your medications a habit and a part of your routine daily activities. Do whatever it takes to help you remember when to take the medicine.

WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW ABOUT THE DRUGS YOU ARE PRESCRIBED?

You should also know the names and proper dosages of each medicine prescribed to you after a kidney transplant, and you should learn the precise purpose of each.

Knowing about your drugs will give you confidence and expertise as you heal and adjust to life after transplant surgery.

Contact your doctor immediately if any problem emerges with your recovery or medications and be completely honest about your condition and recovery during your follow-up appointments.

While you are taking immunosuppressants after a kidney transplant, try to avoid other medicines.

If you are given another prescription by another doctor – for another condition, for example – check with your transplant surgeon first. Some drugs could keep your immunosuppressants from working properly.

DO IMMUNOSUPPRESSANTS HAVE SIDE-EFFECTS?

Immunosuppressant medications may cause a number of side-effects, but for most patients, those side-effects will be mild and manageable. If side-effects emerge, ask your doctor about changing the dosage or the type of medicine.

The most commonly-reported side-effects of immunosuppressants are higher blood pressure, weight gain, an increased risk of infection, and a heightened risk for several types of cancer.

ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF ANTI-REJECTION MEDICATIONS?

Three groups or types of immunosuppressant medications are available to transplant recipients:

1. Induction agents are the strong anti-rejection drugs that are used immediately before and/or immediately after the operation.

2. Maintenance agents are the anti-rejection drugs that kidney transplant recipients have to take daily – for as long as you have that kidney.

3. Rejection agents are the special anti-rejection drugs which are used if any signs of rejection are detected.

AFTER A KIDNEY TRANSPLANT, WHAT IS THE RISK OF INFECTION?

Immunosuppressant medications help kidney transplant patients fight rejection, but those same drugs also lower the ability of your immune system to fight infections.

Most infections are preventable, and many post-operative infections are in fact a direct result of medical negligence.

Detecting and treating infections immediately is the way to stay healthy after a kidney transplant operation. Talk to your doctor about vaccines that may help you avoid pneumonia or influenza.

There’s no absolute way to avoid all infections, but wash your hands frequently, maintain good hygiene habits, and avoid any close contact with pets, children, or with any adult who has or who’s recently had a contagious disease.

WHAT IS “NODAT” AND WHY MUST TRANSPLANT PATIENTS KNOW ABOUT IT?

If you do not have diabetes, “new-onset diabetes after transplant” or NODAT may develop after a kidney transplant procedure.

NODAT sometimes emerges as a side-effect of taking immunosuppressant medications.

The chance of NODAT after a kidney transplant procedure is higher for patients who are obese and for patients with a family history of diabetes.

WHAT OTHER RISKS DO KIDNEY RECIPIENTS FACE?

Kidney transplant recipients are also at greater risk for heart disease. high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Weight gain is also common after a kidney transplant.

Your chances of cancer are also higher after a kidney transplant procedure. Immunosuppressants decrease your immune function and may simultaneously reduce the body’s ability to defend against some types of cancer.

WHAT ABOUT MEDICAL MALPRACTICE DURING TRANSPLANT SURGERY?

If any kind of medical malpractice takes place during your kidney transplant operation, speak at once to an experienced medical malpractice attorney.

You might be surprised to learn that transplant recipients are not the only patients who can be victimized by medical malpractice in connection with kidney transplant surgeries.

Donors have also been the victims of medical malpractice. For example:

1. A thirty-one-year-old woman in Texas, who donated a kidney to her grandmother, sued because doctors did not inform her that the grandmother was dying of terminal cancer – making the transplant an unnecessary surgery.

2. A woman in Florida has sued for wrongful death after her husband, a healthy forty-year-old, died from internal bleeding after donating a kidney to his father.

There’s a great deal to consider when you are preparing for and recovering from a kidney transplant procedure, but medical malpractice should not have to be one of those concerns.

HOW CAN A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWYER HELP?

If you are a victim of medical malpractice in connection with a kidney transplant procedure, discuss your legal rights and options at once with an experienced medical malpractice attorney.

With a strong medical malpractice claim, you may be compensated for your additional medical care, pain, suffering, and more. A good medical malpractice lawyer will fight aggressively for justice on your behalf and hold the negligent party or parties accountable.

But it is imperative for you to take the first step, make the call, and get the legal help you need.

Does Weightlifting Benefit Kidney Disease Patients?

Posted on: March 16, 2018 by in Blog
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If you are one of the millions in the United States who are living with chronic kidney disease (CKD), you might be surprised to learn what researchers are recommending to improve your health.

It’s weightlifting. You are about to learn how moderate weightlifting can help CKD patients increase their strength, energy, and cardiorespiratory fitness. And it’s easier than you may think.

Weightlifting offers substantial health benefits to those who have chronic kidney disease, according to research conducted across the Atlantic by the University of Leicester.

While there has been a growing consensus that chronic kidney disease patients should exercise regularly, until now, there has been a notable lack of specific exercise recommendations.

WHAT ARE THE RESEARCHERS SUGGESTING FOR CKD PATIENTS?

Researchers found that patients with non-dialysis kidney disease may considerably increase their strength and fitness by lifting weights for twelve weeks, three times a week.

Although aerobic exercises like cycling, rowing, and treadmill walking are helpful, the addition of resistance exercises – weightlifting – led to greater increases in muscle mass and strength than aerobic exercise alone.

Dr. Tom Wilkinson, who led the researchers, admitted, “There is limited research on the effects of exercise in CKD patients,” but he added that “both aerobic exercises and strength exercises are important.”

The CKD patients in the study pursued twelve weeks of supervised aerobic exercise (treadmill, rowing, or cycling) for thirty minutes, or combined training (aerobic exercise plus leg extension and leg press weight exercises), three times a week.

The exercise sessions were conducted at the exercise gym in the Leicester Diabetes Centre.

WHAT ABOUT YOUR OWN WEIGHTLIFTING PROGRAM?

If you are a chronic kidney disease patient, talk with your nephrologist before you begin any weightlifting program of your own.

You can use light dumbbells to provide resistance to your muscles. Exercises like arm curls, leg extensions using ankle weights, squats, and overhead arm extensions will help build muscles.

Most chronic kidney disease patients should pursue a weightlifting program using very light weights and high repetitions to avoid unnecessary heavy lifting.

WHICH CKD PATIENTS SHOULD NOT BE EXERCISING?

If you are a chronic kidney disease patient, do not exercise if you:

1. have recently changed your dialysis schedule
2. have recently changed your medication or medication schedule
3. have a recent major change in your medical condition
4. have a fever or feel overheated

Kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the U.S. It is estimated that approximately thirty million adults in this nation suffer with chronic kidney disease.

Medical malpractice, however, is actually the third leading cause of death in the U.S. It is inevitable that scores of chronic kidney disease patients are also going to be victims of medical malpractice. In the event of any medical health issues, please contact a doctor.

WHAT ARE THE NUMBERS ON MEDICAL MALPRACTICE IN THE U.S.?

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, about 225,000 people die each year from medical malpractice, including approximately:

1. 12,000 fatalities from unneeded surgery
2. 7,000 fatalities from hospital medication errors
3. 20,000 fatalities from other hospital errors
4. 80,000 fatalities from preventable infections
5. 100,000 fatalities from the adverse effects of medications

WHAT CAN HAPPEN IF KIDNEY DISEASE ISN’T ACCURATELY DIAGNOSED?

Chronic kidney disease sufferers can be treated if CKD is diagnosed early and accurately.

However, if test results are misread or misinterpreted, and chronic kidney disease goes untreated, it may constitute medical malpractice.

An inaccurate diagnosis or improper treatment can lead to kidney failure, a lifetime of dialysis, or the need for a kidney transplant. In such cases, a wrongful death is too often the final result.

Medical malpractice is a violation of the “reasonable standard of care” established and offered by most healthcare providers.

WHAT ARE THE RIGHTS OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE VICTIMS?

If your health has declined or your CKD has been exacerbated by a misdiagnosis or by improper treatment, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.

If you believe that you have been a victim of medical malpractice while seeking treatment for CKD, discuss your options and rights at once with an experienced medical malpractice attorney.

When healthcare professionals do not provide a reasonable standard of care, they are negligent.

When medical negligence causes injury or harm, the patient is entitled to financial compensation.

With a medical malpractice claim, an injured CKD patient can be reimbursed for additional medical care, for lost income and earning potential, and for the personal pain and suffering that he or she has endured.

WHAT ARE THE OBLIGATIONS OF HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS?

While healthcare providers owe their patients a reasonable standard of care, they are not obligated to order every imaginable medical test.

Healthcare professionals are instead expected to provide the care equivalent to what other doctors typically offer in similar circumstances:

1. tests that are standard and reasonable depending on the patient’s condition
2. prompt examination and accurate assessment of lab results
3. consultation with a specialist when appropriate
4. referral to a specialist when appropriate

Every medical malpractice case is different, and every aspect of a medical malpractice case must be thoroughly considered from both the legal and medical viewpoints.

HOW CAN KIDNEY DISEASE PATIENTS PROTECT THEMSELVES?

If you are a chronic kidney disease patient, learn as much as you can about your doctors. Keep precise notes and records regarding your visits, prescriptions, and treatments.

Hopefully, you will never need those notes and records for legal reasons. Most doctors take all of the appropriate measures to reduce risks and the possibility of malpractice.

Those appropriate measures include thorough patient consultation and education prior to treatment or surgery, and proper follow-up care and treatment following treatment or surgery.

If you have been victimized by medical malpractice, take your complaint immediately to a good medical malpractice attorney.

WHAT DOES IT TAKE FOR A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CLAIM TO PREVAIL?

In most states and in most cases, to prevail with a medical malpractice lawsuit, a malpractice victim’s attorney must prove that:

1. a healthcare professional or facility provided substandard care
2. the substandard care directly harmed or injured a patient
3. the extent of the harm or injury can be documented and quantified

A good medical malpractice lawyer can review your case to determine if a medical malpractice lawsuit is appropriate and feasible. If it is, you may be compensated for the injuries you’ve sustained.

If you are a CKD patient, and if you are the victim of a misdiagnosis, wrongful treatment, or a surgical mistake, speak now to a lawyer who will fight aggressively for the compensation you need and for the justice you deserve.

Can Bariatric Surgery Reduce The Risk Of Chronic Kidney Disease?

Posted on: February 16, 2018 by in Blog
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Bariatric surgery may reduce the risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD). If you are at risk for CKD, or if you are considering bariatric surgery, here are some important facts for you to consider.

About 26 million adults in the United States struggle with chronic kidney disease, according to the National Kidney Foundation. It is the ninth leading cause of death in this country.

The risk factors for chronic kidney disease include diabetes, obesity, and a family history of kidney disease. Anyone over the age of sixty is also at risk.

Other risk factors for chronic kidney disease include high blood pressure, smoking, and cardiovascular disease.

WHAT IS BARIATRIC SURGERY?

Bariatric surgery is weight loss surgery performed on people who are struggling with obesity.

Weight loss is attained by reducing the size of the stomach, or by the removal of a portion of the stomach, or by re-routing the small intestine to a small stomach pouch (gastric bypass surgery).

Studies have shown that bariatric surgery can lead to a significant long-term weight loss, to recovery from diabetes, and to substantial improvement in cardiovascular risk factors.

Obesity has also been linked to the progression and development of CKD, but whether or not bariatric surgery can reduce the risk of chronic kidney disease has been poorly understood – until now.

HOW DO WE KNOW THAT BARIATRIC SURGERY LOWERS THE CKD RISK?

Researchers can now tell us with assurance that bariatric surgery lowers the risk of chronic kidney disease. A newly-published study provides the proof.

Dr. Allon N. Friedman of the Indiana University School of Medicine recently led a team of medical researchers who studied 2,144 adults who’ve undergone bariatric surgery.

The research team published their findings in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

The researchers sought to determine if bariatric surgery has any influence on the risk of CKD. The bariatric surgery patients were placed in three CKD risk categories: low, moderate, and high.

Patients in the low-risk category experienced no improvement, but they were already at the lowest risk for CKD. However, patients in the other categories showed marked improvements.

WHICH PATIENTS REDUCED THEIR CKD RISK WITH BARIATRIC SURGERY?

Among patients with moderate CKD risk, 63 percent and 53 percent showed improvement in their CKD risk category (from moderate risk to low risk) at one and seven years, respectively.

Among patients with high chronic kidney disease risk, 78 percent and 56 percent experienced an improvement in their risk category at one and seven years, respectively.

Researchers say their “findings support consideration of CKD risk in evaluation for bariatric surgery and further study of bariatric surgery as a treatment for high-risk patients with CKD.”

The 2,144 study participants had a median age of 46. Women constituted 79 percent of the participants. Most participants – 71 percent – had undergone gastric bypass surgery.

WHAT WERE THE RESEARCHERS’ CONCLUSIONS?

“What is notable,” the researchers wrote, “is that greater weight loss and not the mechanism through which weight loss was achieved … was an independent predictor of reduced CKD risk.”

They also wrote that their findings are “consistent with reports in rats in which equivalent weight loss from surgical or medical interventions led to similar histologic improvements in the kidney.”

The researchers conclude their report by recommending the “further study of bariatric surgery as a treatment for high-risk obese patients with CKD.”

While researchers around the world are making substantial headway in the fight against chronic kidney disease, those already struggling with the disease still must deal with a number of risks.

WHAT IS ONE NOTABLE RISK THAT CKD PATIENTS FACE?

One of those risks is medical malpractice. As noted above, there are 26 million adult chronic kidney disease patients in the United States. That’s a lot of opportunity for medical malpractice.

If you are fighting CKD, have you been misdiagnosed at any point since you began seeking treatment? Have you received improper treatment? Or are you the victim of a surgical mistake?

CKD, when identified early, can be treated and managed, but if a doctor fails to diagnose CKD accurately, or if you receive the wrong treatment, your condition may rapidly deteriorate.

Misdiagnosing CKD or treating chronic kidney disease improperly both constitute medical malpractice.

IF YOU ARE A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE VICTIM, WHO CAN HELP?

If you are both a CKD patient and a medical malpractice victim, you are entitled by law to compensation, but you must speak at once with an experienced medical malpractice attorney.

Medical malpractice costs the United States over $3 billion a year. Several times every day, an innocent person is injured by the carelessness or negligence of a healthcare provider.

For chronic kidney disease patients, medical malpractice can cause unnecessary affliction, deteriorating health, injury, and in some cases, wrongful death.

WILL LEARNING MORE ABOUT YOUR RIGHTS COST YOU ANYTHING?

If you’ve been victimized while you were seeking treatment for chronic kidney disease, you should not be concerned with the cost of taking legal action.

Most injury attorneys work on a contingent fee basis – you pay nothing unless and until the attorney wins compensation on your behalf.

Most malpractice lawyers also offer a free first legal consultation. The attorney will review your case, and you’ll know precisely where you stand legally.

Thus, if you are a chronic kidney disease patient, and if you believe that you are a victim of medical malpractice, you have nothing to lose by learning more.

HOW ARE MOST MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CLAIMS HANDLED?

You should also know that 93 percent of medical malpractice claims are settled outside of the courtroom.

Settling out-of-court means that you’ll pay your attorney less because a trial won’t be necessary, and it also means that you’ll be able to avoid the inconvenience of having to appear in court.

Your attorney will work aggressively for every cent of compensation you need. That covers your extra medical expenses and any wages lost due to medical malpractice.

How Jed Kurzban Makes A Difference

Posted on: February 15, 2018 by in Blog
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Jed Kurzban wanted to be a lawyer since – when he was 12 or 13 – he first watched his father argue before a jury on a client’s behalf. The client was an ironworker whose foot had been crushed when a crane ball dropped from fifty feet. Jed’s father told the jury not to agree to the “pennies” that were being offered as a settlement, and he tossed a fistful of pennies in the air.

“The judge yelled at my father,” Jed Kurzban recalls. “I was hooked and wanted to be a trial attorney.” Jed explains that his father mentored him in law school and let him clerk for the firm. When Jed first joined with the firm, he handled a wide variety of cases, and it wasn’t long until he took on his initial medical malpractice case.

Jed Kurzban says he “fell in love” with the learning it takes to be an effective advocate for the victims of medical malpractice. Again, Jed credits his dad. “My father allowed me to find my own way and my own love for the law.” Today, Jed Kurzban’s practice is committed to representing the victims of wrongful death and medical malpractice.

PUTTING LIVES BACK TOGETHER

What is the most rewarding part of being a medical malpractice attorney? Jed Kurzban answers without hesitation, “My clients.” He explains that the victims of medical malpractice usually exhaust their families’ resources quickly, receive no government assistance of any kind, and often have to fight insurance companies despite being injured and legally entitled to compensation.

Often, medical malpractice victims may feel like their lives have been destroyed. They can face severe financial hardships. Jed Kurzban works hard to provide them with help and hope – as well as compensation and justice. He is dedicated to helping medical malpractice victims put their lives back together and helping them move positively and constructively into the future.

Speaking of the future, how does Jed Kurzban see it? He understands that changes to the law – and to social policy – happen slowly, so that any single case has the potential, in time, to become a landmark case. He enjoys being “part of the front line” in the ever-changing world of medical malpractice law.

“DOING SOMETHING VALUABLE IN THE WORLD”

When he’s not advocating on behalf of the victims of medical malpractice, Jed Kurzban is probably rooting for one of Miami’s sports teams. Jed was born and raised in Miami – he even earned his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law – so he’s enjoyed watching the Dolphins and Hurricanes for as long as he can remember.

Jed Kurzban says, “I want to be doing something valuable in the world and helping those that need help.” He explains that Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli & Pratt is a “boutique” law firm, with each partner practicing in the field of law he or she most prefers. Along with Jed’s work as a medical malpractice attorney, the firm also handles immigration law, corporate law, and more. For the full article, click here.

If you believe that you are or have been victimized by medical malpractice, you can arrange to speak with Jed Kurzban by contacting Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli & Pratt, P.A. Call 786-401-4706, or complete the contact form on our website.

Are There Certain Drugs That Are Harmful To Your Kidneys?

Posted on: January 16, 2018 by in Blog
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Are you at risk of misdiagnosis – which is medical malpractice – if you suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD)?

What about the drugs that you may be using right now? Every time we use a drug, our kidneys are affected.

Keep reading, and we’ll examine a number of drugs, the damage those drugs can do to your kidneys, and your options if you have been the victim of a misdiagnosis.

If you use any drug illegally, or if a drug you take has been prescribed or purchased over-the-counter – but you don’t follow the directions – your kidneys can be harmed.

It’s always wise to be extremely careful when you are using any kind of medication, because if you hurt yourself by not following the directions for taking a drug, it is no one’s fault but your own.

If, however, you are prescribed the wrong drug, you are harmed, and you can prove it, you’ll be entitled to compensation for your extra medical expenses as well as your personal pain and suffering arising from the medical malpractice.

However, to prove your medical malpractice claim, you will need the help of an experienced medical malpractice attorney.

Below is a list of some of the medications that can damage your kidneys.

CAN OVER-THE-COUNTER PAIN REMEDIES HARM THE KIDNEYS?

If you consume large doses of analgesics or other over-the-counter medications, your kidneys could be seriously harmed.

It’s a good idea to avoid depending on pain remedies like ibuprofen, aspirin, or naproxen.

Thousands of people have harmed themselves by the overuse of these products, although there is no evidence of risk regarding the regular use of aspirin in the small doses suggested for the prevention of heart attacks.

The warning labels on over-the-counter analgesics tell you not to use these medications for longer than ten days for pain or longer than three days for a fever.

If your pain and/or fever last longer, talk to your doctor.

Especially if you are a kidney disease patient, you cannot “self-medicate.”

You need to clear any medications that you take with your doctor.

WHAT ABOUT ALCOHOL?

Heavy drinking is always bad for anyone’s health.

Excessive alcohol consumption can damage the liver and the kidneys too.

Persons who struggle with alcohol dependency have a higher risk of suffering kidney disease, diabetes, or liver failure.

If you’re concerned, speak with your doctor about your alcohol consumption.

CAN ANTIBIOTICS DAMAGE YOUR KIDNEYS?

Persons who have chronic kidney disease need to take antibiotics in smaller amounts and doses than people who have healthy kidneys.

Antibiotics include amphotericin B, aminoglycosides, bacitracin, cephalosporins, and vancomycin.

If you are a kidney disease sufferer, take antibiotics only if they have been prescribed for you by your doctor.

WHAT ABOUT LAXATIVES?

Generally speaking, laxatives that are purchased over-the-counter are safe for chronic kidney disease patients, but some of the prescription laxatives that doctors prescribe can be damaging to the kidneys.

Doctors may prescribe sodium phosphate products as laxatives or in preparation for colonoscopy.

If you are a kidney disease patient and you are planning to undergo any surgery, be certain to talk with your doctors about the drugs that may used for that surgery.

WHAT IS A CONTRAST DYE, AND CAN IT HURT YOU?

Imaging tests such as MRIs, angiograms, and CT-scans use a dye called “contrast dye.”

Contrast dyes can damage the kidneys, but not all imaging tests contain these dyes.

Again, if you suffer from kidney disease, always have a discussion with all of your doctors before taking any medical test or undergoing any medical operation or procedure.

WHAT ABOUT ILLEGAL DRUGS?

Some drugs are illegal because they are quite dangerous.

Most illegal “street” drugs – including cocaine, heroin, and ecstasy, for example – cause high blood pressure, heart failure, strokes, and, all too frequently, death.

Cocaine, heroin, opioids, and amphetamines also can cause serious kidney damage.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

Especially if you are a kidney disease patient, be safe with anything that can be considered a medicine.

Read and adhere closely to all of the instructions.

Make sure to inform every one of your doctors about all of the medications, herbal supplements, or vitamins that you use.

Do not take anything that may be considered a medicine without a prescription or your doctor’s approval.

According to the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, five percent of medical patients in the United States– or about twelve million of us – are misdiagnosed each year.

If you struggle with kidney disease and you have been misdiagnosed, and/or if you’ve been given the wrong prescription at any time since you started seeking treatment, you should speak right away with a medical malpractice attorney.

Doctors are no longer allowed to prescribe innocuous placebos.

Instead, they must offer something that works, even if it’s possibly dangerous.

New pharmaceuticals are made available every year, and while these new drugs often save lives, in other cases they have caused traumatic injuries and even death.

ARE YOU AT RISK?

The National Kidney Foundation reports that roughly twenty-six million people in the United States have chronic kidney disease and that another twenty million of us are at risk.

That means there are plenty of opportunities for physicians to prescribe the wrong drug and commit medical malpractice.

Whenever a prescription is written for a patient, at least two healthcare providers are involved: the doctor and the pharmacist.

Both professionals are obligated to make certain that the prescription serves a genuine medical purpose and is written by healthcare provider acting in the usual course of his or her professional healthcare practice.

CAN A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ATTORNEY HELP ME?

If you’ve been injured or made ill as the result of a misdiagnosis, or if you have suffered lasting or serious side effects from using any prescription pharmaceutical or over-the-counter drug anywhere in the United States, discuss your case at once with a skilled medical malpractice attorney.

Don’t wait – in every state, a statute of limitations restricts the amount of time you have to take legal action.

For a medical malpractice claim arising from a wrong prescription to succeed, it must be backed up by evidence that a kidney disease was misdiagnosed and/or that a prescription was written for the wrong medication.

If you can prove that you were harmed or that your health deteriorated due to malpractice, you are legally entitled to compensation, but you must take the first step and make the call as quickly as possible.

Does Kidney Disease Increase Your Risk For Diabetes?

Posted on: December 19, 2017 by in Blog
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It’s been known for a long time that diabetes can increase the risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD). But is the reverse also true? What have researchers learned about chronic kidney disease increasing the risk of diabetes?

If you struggle with either diabetes or CKD, keep reading. You should know what the researchers are discovering, and you should also know what your rights are as a diabetes or chronic kidney disease patient.

“Diabetes is often a sign of kidney disease and also a cause of kidney disease,” according to medical malpractice attorney Jed Kurzban, and the evidence confirms this.

New epidemiological research conducted in St. Louis at the Washington University School of Medicine indicates strongly that chronic kidney disease raises the risk for diabetes.

The Washington University researchers have identified urea – nitrogen produced when digestion breaks down protein – as the probable link between diabetes and CKD.

The research findings were published in December 2017 by Kidney International, the journal of the International Society of Nephrology.

IS HAVING A HIGH UREA LEVEL A TREATABLE CONDITION?

Healthy kidneys efficiently remove urea and other waste products from the blood, but urea can accumulate when someone’s kidney function declines, leading to impaired insulin secretion.

A high urea level, however, is a treatable condition. For most chronic kidney disease patients, a low-protein diet enhances chronic kidney disease treatment and will help to prevent diabetes.

Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly, a Washington University assistant professor of medicine, led the team of researchers. He said, “We have known for a long time that diabetes is a major risk factor for kidney disease, but now we have a better understanding that kidney disease, through elevated levels of urea, also raises the risk of diabetes.”

The research team evaluated the medical records of 1.3 million adults in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ databases for five years to study the possible links between diabetes and chronic kidney disease.

About nine percent of the patients had high levels of urea, indicating poor kidney health.

WHAT ELSE DID WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY RESEARCHERS FIND?

Dr. Al-Aly says that percentage “is also reflective of the general population.” Researchers found that patients with higher levels of urea had a higher risk of diabetes – by about 23 percent.

In each of the five years under study, the patients with higher urea levels were more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than patients with lower urea levels.

Dr. Al-Aly says this particular study of chronic kidney disease and diabetes was based on laboratory research that had been previously conducted at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre.

The results of that research were published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation in August 2016.

The Montreal research team induced kidney failure in mice; the mice reacted with elevated urea levels and impaired insulin secretion.

“Our results were almost an exact replica of the mouse study,” Dr. Al-Aly said. “The results showed a clear relationship between urea levels and risk of diabetes.”

HOW MANY SUFFER WITH DIABETES AND KIDNEY DISEASE?

Chronic kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the United States; diabetes is the seventh. The American Kidney Fund estimates that about 31 million people in the United States – or about ten percent of the adult population – have chronic kidney disease.

Approximately half of those patients also have diabetes. And the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2015 that 30.3 million people in the U.S. have diabetes.

With so many people suffering from diabetes and chronic kidney disease, there are plenty of opportunities for medical malpractice.

Medical malpractice is any negligence by a healthcare professional that results in the deterioration of a patient’s medical condition, an additional injury to the patient, or the patient’s wrongful death.

Every year in the United States, about twelve million adults with chronic kidney disease, diabetes, and other serious, progressive medical conditions are misdiagnosed in hospitals, clinics, and doctors’ offices.

Misdiagnosing a severe medical condition and prescribing the wrong medication or treatment on the basis of that misdiagnosis can severely harm someone who is already suffering. Such misdiagnosis is medical malpractice.

HOW ARE DIABETES AND CKD DIAGNOSED? AND WHO’S AT RISK?

Simple blood tests can detect kidney disease, diabetes, and a variety of other medical conditions, but the symptoms of CKD and diabetes may be slight, particularly in their early stages. Nevertheless, a failure to identify those symptoms can mean that vital treatment is delayed or denied.

However, if diagnosed early and accurately, and if treated properly, kidney disease and diabetes can usually be managed, and most patients can maintain a relatively normal lifestyle.

Hispanic-Americans, African-Americans, Native Americans, and persons over the age of 60 are the high-risk groups for chronic kidney disease.

High cholesterol, obesity, physical injuries, and other illnesses can also contribute to the risk. But the most dangerous thing that a chronic kidney disease patient might encounter is medical malpractice.

The toughest challenge that chronic kidney disease presents is its stealthy, insidious nature. It is almost always a subtle disease that progresses incrementally over a period of years, and many people don’t even realize that they have CKD in its early stages.

If you are over 60, or if you belong to one of the high-risk groups, yearly screening for chronic kidney disease is imperative, because it can strike anyone.

WHAT KIND OF MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CAN CONSTITUTE MALPRACTICE?

Whenever a healthcare provider fails to order the appropriate tests or fails to follow up after an irregular test result, that failure constitutes medical malpractice.

With the help of reliable medical experts, a medical malpractice attorney can determine if a particular misdiagnosis constitutes malpractice.

Where chronic kidney disease and diabetes are concerned, medical malpractice is unacceptable, and in many cases, it’s dangerous.

If your health has deteriorated because of an inaccurate diabetes or chronic kidney disease diagnosis, you may have grounds to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.

If malpractice took place, you are entitled by law to full compensation for your pain, suffering, and additional medical expenses, but to obtain that compensation, you’ll have to prove that malpractice caused your health to decline, so you’ll need an attorney’s help.

Nothing is more important than your health. If you are a chronic kidney disease patient, a diabetes patient, or both, and you are also a victim of medical malpractice, the law is on your side.

An experienced medical malpractice attorney can discuss your rights and options, which may include a medical malpractice lawsuit. If you are a medical malpractice victim, help is a phone call away.

Can Caffeine Prolong The Life Of Kidney Disease Patients?

Posted on: November 18, 2017 by in Blog
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More than 30 million people in the United States, or about ten percent of the adult population, have chronic kidney disease (CKD). Could you be at risk for CKD?

And if you struggle with CKD, is there anything you’re not doing that could improve your condition – or even help you live longer? Keep reading. You may be pleasantly surprised by what the researchers are finding.

In the U.S., more than 48,000 people died from kidney disease in 2014. It’s the nation’s ninth leading cause of death. CKD is a progressive medical condition.

Over time, the kidneys slowly become unable to filter waste products and water from the bloodstream. CKD may progress to end-stage renal disease.

When that happens, dialysis or a kidney transplant are the only options.

However, a new study has found a simple strategy that may help CKD patients live longer – drinking more coffee.

Researchers assessed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a decade-long comprehensive national health study conducted from 1999 through 2010 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They identified 2,328 participants with chronic kidney disease.

HOW WAS THE NEW RESEARCH CONDUCTED?

Researchers concluded that CKD patients who drank the most coffee reduced their mortality risk by as much as 24 percent. And no, the study wasn’t paid for by Folgers or Starbucks.

It was presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology in New Orleans.

CKD patients were divided into four groups – quartiles – based on daily caffeine consumption:

– Quartile one subjects consumed less than 29.5 milligrams of caffeine a day.
– Quartile two subjects consumed from 30.5 to 101 milligrams of caffeine a day.
– Quartile three subjects consumed from 101.5 to 206 milligrams of caffeine a day.
– Quartile four subjects consumed more than 206.5 milligrams and up to 1,378.5 milligrams of caffeine a day.

Other recent studies have indicated that caffeine may have life-prolonging benefits, but according to the study’s co-author, Dr. Bigotte Vieira, this research is the first to examine the impact of caffeine on chronic kidney disease and mortality.

Dr. Vieira advises that the research is only observational and does not prove a direct cause-and-effect link between caffeine and a longer lifespan for CKD patients.

Measured against participants in the first quartile of caffeine consumption, those who drank the most coffee – those in the fourth quartile – reduced their risk of premature death by 24 percent.

Those in the third quartile reduced that risk by 22 percent, while those in the second quartile reduced the risk of premature death by 12 percent.

WHAT DOES THE RESEARCH MEAN FOR CKD PATIENTS?

The statistics are a bit complicated – researchers had to account for the age, race, gender, smoking status, blood pressure, and body mass index of the participants – but the takeaway is that one or two extra cups of coffee a day can’t hurt and might even help chronic kidney disease patients.

According to Dr. Vieira, “These results suggest that advising patients with CKD to drink more caffeine may reduce their mortality. This would represent a simple, clinically beneficial, and inexpensive option, though this benefit should ideally be confirmed in a randomized clinical trial.”

In his response to the research findings, National Kidney Foundation spokesperson Dr. Leslie Spry said, “I hope this is the case, as I sit here and drink my morning coffee.” Dr. Spry added, “As you know, there are studies of coffee being harmful, beneficial and having no effect on health.”

On the basis of only one research study, Dr. Spry said it’s not clear that CKD patients are going to live longer simply by drinking more coffee. “I would rather say that compared to little or no caffeine intake, those people with the highest intake of caffeine as estimated by dietary recall, may have a lower mortality, but the reason for this lower mortality is not proven by this association research.”

WHAT OTHER STEPS CAN CKD PATIENTS TAKE?

If you have chronic kidney disease, you may want to discuss caffeine and coffee consumption with your doctor, but for most CKD patients, your doctor will probably leave your coffee choices up to you.

However, there some simple and inexpensive measures that people dealing with CKD can take to maintain their health.

Those measures include:

Eating the right way: For CKD patients, it’s imperative. Almost all CKD patients need to reduce their sodium consumption, but the wise move is consulting a professional dietician.

Talking to your doctor about your medications: When the kidneys don’t function properly, drugs and their residue can remain in remain the body and harm your health.

Learning about medical malpractice: With over thirty million CKD sufferers in the U.S., CKD patients are frequent medical malpractice victims.

If you believe that you may be a victim of medical malpractice, consult a qualified medical malpractice lawyer as swiftly as possible.

The failure to obtain an accurate early diagnosis of CKD and the right treatment can lead to kidney failure, a lifetime of drugs and dialysis, or the necessity of a kidney transplant.

However, millions of people in the United States manage CKD and live their lives with only the most minor inconveniences. Patients who follow their doctor’s advice are usually able to remain relatively healthy.

HOW CAN A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ATTORNEY HELP?

However, if an incident of medical malpractice happens while you are being treated for CKD, your condition could quickly decline.

If you become a victim of medical malpractice, or if you aren’t sure, but you believe that you’ve experienced malpractice, contact a skilled medical malpractice attorney as quickly as possible. What constitutes medical malpractice?

Healthcare professionals are expected to provide their patients with a “reasonable” standard of care – for example, by ordering reasonable tests, by examining test results promptly and accurately, and by referring patients to specialists when it’s indicated.

When healthcare professionals do not provide a reasonable standard of care, they are negligent.

When medical negligence injures a patient, that patient is entitled to compensation for his or her additional medical expenses, lost income, pain, suffering, and sometimes more.

Nothing is more important than your health. If you suffer with CKD, and medical malpractice happens, take no chances – take your case at once to an experienced medical malpractice lawyer who routinely represents CKD patients and advocates on their behalf.