Each and every day, thousands of people wait for a telephone call that could literally save their lives. These individuals are waiting for a life-saving transplant. This is due to an organ donor shortage. But there is hope. The number of living donations is increasing.
Checking your Albumin Creatinine Ratio (ACR) is the fastest way to check kidney function.
Your Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) is the best way to check kidney function. Over 90 is good, 60-89 should be monitored, less than 60 for 3 months indicates kidney disease.
Hypertension is one of the leading causes of kidney disease.
If you or someone you love might be at risk for or have kidney disease, call 1-844-KIDNEY-3 for information.
The best way to find out if you have kidney disease is to go to your doctor and get tested as soon as possible. A simple test can help slow or even prevent kidney disease. Don’t wait. Get tested today.
Established in 2015, The Ron and Joy Paul Kidney Center partners with GW to address the urgent need in the D.C. area for increased awareness of kidney disease diagnosis, treatment options and kidney donation
The GW Transplant Institute offers a comprehensive kidney transplant program along with the specialty services required to care for transplant surgery patients in the D.C. and the surrounding areas.
The need for community awareness of kidney disease is urgent—particularly in the Washington D.C. area, which has the highest prevalence of kidney disease in any metro area in the U.S.
Here are the facts:
1 in 3 American adults is at risk for kidney disease.
According to a recent study, for every six individuals with kidney disease, only about one person knew they had it.
26 million American adults have CKD and millions of others are at increased risk.
Washington, D.C. (e.g. 20019, 20020) has the most prevalent rate of CKD in the entire U.S.
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is the 9th leading cause of death in the country.
Major risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, a family history of kidney failure and being age 60 or older.
Videos of Causes, Symptons, and Screening for Kidney Disease, GW Ron & Joy Paul Kidney Center, Kidney Conversations, and Kidney Disease Q&A with J. Keith Melancon, M.D.
“The message that I want to leave you all today is many, many times – and most times – kidney disease can be avoided. And it can be avoided by doing just what we’re doing here, which is really the purpose of our kidney center. I ask each of you, if each of you in this room go and reach out to two people – just two – and get them to get tested, get them to take a simple blood test, a urine test, a blood pressure test, you would be amazed at how much better they’ll feel about it and how much better you’ll feel that you potentially helped one of your neighbors, or the members of your family.”
Ronald D. Paul Companies, Inc.
“Having a kidney transplant saved my life. It is important to be proactive about your body – because people are willing to help. If you know someone who needs a transplant, please step up. You never know when you’ll need one.”
Kidney Transplant Recipient &
Patient at GW Hospital Transplant Institute