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Does My Kidney Disease Require Dialysis? Jun 1st, 2022

About 37 million Americans suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD), a persistent medical condition that affects the way the kidneys work. Kidney disease requires ongoing medical care to support your kidneys and help you stay healthy. For some people, that ongoing care includes kidney dialysis. As leading nephrologists in Houston and Cypress,...

The Link Between Dehydration and Proteinuria May 1st, 2022

Protein plays a lot of important roles in maintaining health. But when protein is present in your urine — a medical finding called proteinuria — it can be a sign of an underlying medical problem.  Plenty of people have never heard of proteinuria, but it’s actually fairly common. In fact,...

How Can I Get My Hypertension Under Control? Apr 1st, 2022

Hypertension is a common chronic medical problem that affects about half of American adults, yet only about a quarter of those men and women have their high blood pressure under control. That’s serious, because hypertension substantially increases your risks of heart disease, heart attack, kidney failure, stroke, and even some...

Understanding Your Treatment Options for Vasculitis Mar 6th, 2022

Vasculitis is a broad term that includes several medical conditions and diseases that cause inflammation of the blood vessels. Although it’s relatively uncommon, vasculitis can have fatal consequences if not diagnosed and treated early. The team at Houston Kidney Specialists Center uses the most advanced methods of diagnosing and managing...

The Link Between Vasculitis and Shortness of Breath Feb 1st, 2022

Everybody gets a little short of breath from time to time, especially after a bout of strenuous exercise. But some people have shortness of breath a lot more often, typically because of an underlying health problem. Asthma and heart disease are two well-known causes of shortness of breath. However, they’re...

Understanding Common Causes of Edema Jan 1st, 2022

Most of us have had a little swelling at some point in our lives, maybe from an insect bite or a minor burn. But edema is different. Edema is a particular kind of swelling that happens when fluid gets trapped inside your body’s tissues.  Unlike temporary swelling, which typically clears...

The Importance of Dialysis Dec 1st, 2021

More than 660,000 Americans suffer from kidney failure, and of those, almost a half million are on dialysis. Also called hemodialysis, dialysis is designed to compensate for a loss of kidney function in people with serious kidney disease and kidney failure. If our team has recommended on-site dialysis or home...

Does Blood in My Urine Mean I Have Kidney Disease? Nov 7th, 2021

Having blood in your urine —which is a condition called hematuria — isn’t uncommon. In fact, hematuria happens in up to 30% of the population, becoming more common with age. Still, if you have blood in your urine, it’s not normal. The good news, however, is that hematuria isn’t always...

Life After a Kidney Transplant Oct 1st, 2021

More than 20,000 kidney transplant procedures were performed last year in the United States, according to data from the United Network for Organ Sharing. Getting a kidney transplant can — literally — change your life. But as exciting as it can be, a lot of people find themselves a little...

Tips for Living With Lupus Sep 1st, 2021

About 1.5 million Americans suffer from lupus, an autoimmune disease that overwhelmingly affects women. Lupus usually develops between the ages of 15-44, causing widespread symptoms that can affect every aspect of a person’s life. Lupus is a condition in which the immune system begins attacking healthy tissues and organs. The...

What Every Diabetic Should Know About Their Kidney Health Aug 2nd, 2021

Diabetes isn’t just a major cause of kidney disease in American adults — it’s the leading cause. That means if you have diabetes, you need to do all you can to protect your kidneys and monitor their health. As part of our comprehensive kidney care program, the team at Houston...

Blood in Your Urine? Here's What it Could Mean Jul 15th, 2021

Having blood in your urine — which is a condition called hematuria — isn’t uncommon. In fact, in adult patients, up to 30% of urine tests come back with some traces of blood. But even though it’s relatively common, it’s never normal. And sometimes, it can be a sign of...

Treatments for Your Kidney Disease Jun 8th, 2021

About 37 million Americans have kidney disease, according to the National Kidney Foundation. That’s about 15% of the adult population in the United States. Unfortunately, many people who have kidney disease don’t know they have it, so they’re not getting the treatment they need. Knowing the symptoms of kidney disease...

The Importance of Managing Your Hypertension May 23rd, 2021

About 37 million American adults live with kidney disease, a chronic condition that can have life-threatening complications. High blood pressure (hypertension) is one of the most common causes of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and kidney failure, which means learning how to manage your blood pressure is critical if you’ve been...

How Nephrology Can Help With Edema Apr 16th, 2021

While it’s not unusual to have some mild, temporary swelling around a cut or bruise due to inflammation in the area, another type of swelling — called edema — can have a much more serious cause. Edema generally refers to swelling that occurs when excess fluids get trapped inside your...

The Link Between Kidney and Heart Health Mar 16th, 2021

When it comes to the kidneys and heart, many people think these systems have very little to do with each other. However, they’re actually very interconnected.  Here at Houston Kidney Specialists Center, we support patients with both cardiovascular and kidney concerns. We have four locations throughout Houston and Cypress, Texas,...

How Obesity Increases Your Risk for Chronic Kidney Disease Feb 9th, 2021

Obesity has become an epidemic, with obesity rates around 40% among American adults. In addition to increasing the risk of developing certain health conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, and cancer, obesity also increases the risk of developing chronic kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease is a condition in which the kidneys...

Kidney Disease and Dialysis Patients: Here's What You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine Jan 27th, 2021

As Texas recently became the first state to vaccinate more than 1 million people, we’re sure many of our patients have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and its safety for those with kidney problems.  Here at Houston Kidney Specialists Center, with four locations throughout Houston and Cypress, Texas, we recommend...

Recognizing Signs of Vasculitis Dec 8th, 2020

Vasculitis is an umbrella term for a group of rare autoimmune conditions that occur when blood vessels in part of your body get inflamed. Left untreated, the inflamed blood vessels can affect circulation and lead to tissue damage. Fortunately, there are a number of treatment options for vasculitis, but it’s...

Dialysis 101: What to Know Before Starting Treatment Nov 30th, 2020

Normally, your kidneys work to filter out the excess waste and fluid in your blood. This excess waste and fluid is then removed through your urine. However, in end-stage renal disease (ESRD), your kidneys can fail, requiring outside medical intervention in order to filter your blood and prevent the buildup...

5 Things You Can Do to Help Prevent Kidney Stones Oct 1st, 2020

If you’ve dealt with the intense pain of kidney stones, it’s only natural to want to prevent them from recurring in the future. Even the tiniest of stones can cause excruciating pain as it travels through and leaves the kidney. Your kidneys perform life-saving duties and are meant to filter...

New Physician Announcement: Dr. Pankow To join HKSC In July 2020 May 2nd, 2020

The entire HKSC team is excited to announce that Dr. Jonathan Pankow will be joining our practice in June 2020. Dr. Jonathan Pankow was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas by two parent physicians. He completed his undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry with Summa Cum Laude honors at...

Helpful Tips For Telehealth Apr 28th, 2020

As the Covid 19 pandemic continues to affect the United States, many physicians including our doctors at HKSC have begun offering telemedicine. It has not only allowed our practice to do our part in flattening the curve, by taking precautions to limit in person visits, but is has also allowed...

New Physician Announcement: Welcoming Dr. Tsegaw Egziti Jun 11th, 2019

We are excited to announce that Dr.Tsegaw Egziti joined the HKSCMD team in June 2019. Dr. Egziti completed his Internal Medicine Residency at University of Texas Southwestern Austin Regional Program in 2014. He then continued to follow his passion in Nephrology and completed Nephrology fellowship at University of Texas Southwestern...

New Physician Announcement: Welcoming Dr. Iti Yadav May 9th, 2019

We are excited to announce that Dr.Iti Yadav joined the HKSCMD team in May 2019 to provide Hospital Coverage in Nephrology. Dr. Yadav has endeared herself to all of her patients with excellent and compassionate service for many years in the area as Hospitalist in Internal Medicine. She is highly...

Polycystic Kidney Disease, An Overview Apr 28th, 2019

Polycystic kidney disease (also called PKD) is a disease in which clusters of cysts develop and grow primarily within your kidneys. This causes the kidney to enlarge and lose function. The cysts are noncancerous round sacs filled with fluid. The cysts vary in size and they can grow very large....