Category Archives: Heart Health

Traffic Can Be Bad For Your Health

By Dr. Stephen Pastan You may have seen the study that came out this week stating that living near a major roadway can increase the risk of developing kidney problems. Researchers examining stroke patients found that those who lived closer … Continue reading

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Second-hand Smoke May Be Harmful to Kidneys

Dr. Alex Chang, MD, MS, Johns Hopkins University Nephrology Fellow Quitting smoking still remains the most important lifestyle modification one can make to decrease risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, lung disease, and live longer. Despite strong public health campaigns to … Continue reading

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7 Life Lessons We Can Learn From Our Kidneys

1) Teamwork. The kidneys and the heart work together to get the blood pumped throughout the body and cleaned properly. Similarly, it often takes two or more people, each contributing their expertise, to complete any job. The benefit of the … Continue reading

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Statins and the Kidneys

By Lynda Szczech, MD, Immediate past president of the National Kidney Foundation A headline such as “Your medicines can cause harm to your kidneys” gets your attention, right?  But the headline of “the decision to take a medicine is a … Continue reading

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The National Salt Reduction Initiative Benefits Everyone, Including Those With Kidney Disease!

By Linda Ulerich, RD, Registered Dietitian in Transplant, Indiana University Health, Inc. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the National Salt Reduction Initiative (NSRI), which works to achieve voluntary reductions in food sodium content, has resulted in 21 … Continue reading

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My Generation’s Unhealthy?!

By Beth Piraino, MD A study published this week showed that Baby Boomers have more diabetes and hypertension, which is very likely due to the increase in obesity and a decrease in exercise compared to the previous generation. Since diabetes … Continue reading

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Top 5 Tips to Keep Both Kidney and Heart Healthy

Do you know about the heart-kidney connection? People whose kidneys have failed are three times as likely to have heart disease. And a new study suggests that people with kidney disease have the same level of risk for heart disease … Continue reading

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