Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, MD, PhD, MPH, Author at Renal and Urology News

Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, MD, PhD, MPH

All articles by Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, MD, PhD, MPH

Family visiting patient in hospital

Caregiver vs Care-Partner for Patients With CKD

Organizers of the 2021 World Kidney Day (WKD) on March 11, which had as its theme “Living Well with Kidney Disease,” describe the important role of “family members and other care partners”in helping patients with kidney disease. But what is the difference between a caregiver and a care-partner? A caregiver provides care for someone who…

Dialysis Patients At Higher Cancer Risk

Twice-Weekly Hemodialysis Is Gaining Acceptance

Back in August 2012, I wrote a provocative editorial in this space titled, “How About Twice-Weekly Hemodialysis?” This was the first time the topic of dialysis provided less frequently than 3 times a week was brought up in the 21st century. I argued that because kidney function worsens gradually, dialysis treatment should be gradual and…

Home HD improves cardiovascular outcomes.

Kidney Health Initiative Offers Promise, Unknowns

Many nephrologists and other healthcare providers (HCPs) have enthusiastically embraced the July 10 presidential executive order titled, “Advancing American Kidney Health Initiative.” The 3 main components include a reduction in the end-stage renal disease (ESRD) rate by 25% by 2030; a substantial increase in home dialysis so that 80% of new ESRD patients can receive…

Could Potassium-Restricted Diets Come to an End?

Hyperkalemia, defined as a serum potassium level above 5.3 mmol/L, develops in many patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The abnormality can precipitate serious adverse outcomes, including dysrhythmias and sudden cardiac death, so patients with elevated blood potassium levels may be referred to emergency departments or urgent care facilities for immediate therapy. As a result,…

Chronic Kidney Disease: Malnutrition & Inflammation Complex

Does this patient have malnutrition and inflammation complex from chronic kidney disease? A 78-year-old Caucasian male patient with end stage renal disease (ESRD) has been on maintenance hemodialysis three times/week for the past 3 years. He has been using a forearm loop arteriovenous graft (AVG) as dialysis access. During a routine evaluation in the dialysis…

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