Albany Medical Center Opens New Chronic Kidney Disease Clinic
ALBANY, N.Y., January 4, 2012—Albany Medical Center is offering a new multidisciplinary approach to treating patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) through its recently opened Chronic Kidney Disease Clinic (CKDC). The clinic offers patients access to a team of specialists able to manage the numerous medical and nonmedical issues caused by kidney disease.
“Early therapeutic interventions have proven effective in helping to slow or prevent kidney failure and other complications but often require the assistance of numerous specialists,” said Ana Mijovic-Das, M.D., a nephrologist at Albany Medical Center and an assistant professor of medicine at Albany Medical College who is directing the CKDC Project. She added, “Through Albany Med’s Chronic Kidney Disease Clinic, patients benefit from having a dedicated team of specialists working to proactively manage the illness right from the start.”
In addition to physical exams, Albany Med’s CKDC provides control and management of anemia, blood pressure, diet, diabetes, lipids, and mineral metabolism. Part of the Albany Med Faculty Physician group, the team consists of a nephrologist, nurse practitioner, dietician, social worker, dialysis access nurse and pharmacist, as well as vascular access surgeons. Patients’ treatment plans are led by the physician while the remaining health management team provides support and counsel. Patients also have access to free ongoing education and instruction.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, 26 million Americans have kidney disease and millions more are at an increased risk. Patients with CKD are at risk for high blood pressure, anemia, weak bones, and nerve damage. When CKD progresses, it may eventually lead to kidney failure, requiring dialysis or kidney transplant. Early detection and treatment are necessary to prevent progression of the disease.
To contact the CKDC, call (518) 262-5176.
Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 651-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region’s largest physicians practice with 325 doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region’s health and quality of life. For more information: www.amc.edu or www.facebook.com/albanymedicalcenter.
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