Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj (FHVK), New Delhi in collaboration with Fresenius Medical Care India Pvt. Ltd, on march 9 inaugurated a state of the art dialysis center by Dr Ashutosh Raghuvanshi, MD & CEO, Fortis Healthcare (FHL);in presence of Mr Punit Kohli, Managing Director, Fresenius Medical Care India Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Mahipal Bhanot, Zonal Director, FHL, Dr Rajeev Nayyar, Facility Director, FHVK, and Dr Sanjeev Gulati, Director & HOD, Dept of Nephrology at FHVK. The new dialysis center will provide 16 dialysis stations offering advanced dialysis therapies to help meet the growing demand for treatment of renal patients.
Mr. Mahipal Bhanot, Zonal Director at Fortis Hospitals said, “Fortis Healthcare is committed to providing quality access to dialysis patients, enabling chronic kidney disease to lead more active and fulfilling lives. Owing to the rising number of kidney patients every year, it has become the need of the hour to come up with dedicated and advanced dialysis centres. This not only helps in maximizing the reach of the treatment among patients but also makes it easy for them to get access to timely treatment at a reasonable cost and without having to travel long distance.”
Mr. Punit Kohli, Managing Director, Fresenius Medical Care India said, “At Fresenius Medical Care, we are dedicated to deliver high-quality kidney care that improve the quality of life of every patient, every day. This new center provides patients with advanced technology, patient comfort and safety as well as highly-qualified medical staff. Our trained, experienced and caring staff always strive to ensure that our patients are provided with outstanding care while making dialysis treatment as comfortable as possible. We acknowledge the importance of developing long-term partnership with patients and healthcare professionals alike and we are pleased to be collaborating with Fortis Healthcare for the fourth running unit.”
Dr. Rajeev Nayyar, Facility Director of FHVK said, “The hospital-based center will offer a range of advanced dialysis options including high-flux hemodialysis and online hemodiafiltration (HDF). Online HDF allows better removal of waste products from the blood, which may contribute to improved survival for patients compared with those receiving standard hemodialysis.2,3 As part of the company’s holistic approach to patient care, the center will offer holiday dialysis, allowing patients travelling from other regions or from overseas to receive uninterrupted treatment.”
In context of the above, Dr. Sanjiv Gulati, Director & HOD- Dept of Nephrology shares a few insights on how to take care of your kidneys better.
Common habits which may damage your kidney
- Overusing Painkillers
- Abusing the Salt Shaker
- Not Drinking Enough Water
- Missing Out on Sleep
- Eating Too Much Meat
- Diabetic and Hypertension patients not checking kidney function routinely
Smoking and Kidney Disease: Seeing the signs through smoke
Smoking can lead to worsening kidney damage by multiple ways. Possible ways in which smoking leads to worsening of kidney –
- Increases blood pressure and heart rate
- Reduces blood flow in the kidneys
- Increases production of angiotensin II (a hormone produced in kidney)
- Narrows the blood vessels in the kidneys
- Damages arterioles (branches of arteries)
- Forms arteriosclerosis (thickening and hardening of the renal arteries)
How junk food and alcohol affect your kidney
- Processed and junk food cause a build of glucose in the blood. When the blood is unable to produce enough insulin to neutralize the same, it can lead to obesity and type 2 diabetes which in turn may damage kidney.
- Alcohol has multiple effects on the kidney. It dehydrates the organ making it difficult for the kidney to remove waste from the blood
- Alcohol also leads to high blood pressure and liver disease causing the kidneys to malfunction.
Six tips to be “water wise” for your kidneys
- Eight glasses of water should be consumed in one day but that is not set in stone. The objective is to ensure that adequate amount of water consumption takes place – leaving the body with enough water intake to survive and thrive.
- In cases of Kidney failure, restriction of water is required if fluid overload present.
- In some cases, too much water leads to a condition called hyponatremia – wherein the sodium levels in the blood is diluted, causing the person to feel weak and dizzy.
- 1.5 litres of urine need to be produced every day. The colour of urine can indicate a lot. Dark yellow in case of dehydration, jaundice, light yellow or colourless to indicate that the body is functioning properly.
- Drinking enough water also helps produce more urine, which helps to flush out infection-causing bacteria. Additionally, kidney stones are prevented when water intake is sufficient.
- Beware of pills and procedures. Drinking extra water with certain medications or before and after procedures with contrast dye may help prevent kidney damage