The Role of the kidneys The kidneys play a critical role in the proper functioning of our body by carrying out many important tasks. These are the maintenance of body composition, removal of metabolic end products and foreign substances, production and secretion of enzymes and hormones that are involved in blood pressure control, blood production […]

There are a number of dialysis choices available to patients at the UVM Medical Center. Varun Agrawal, MD, blogged about home dialysis earlier this month. In addition to peritoneal dialysis, home hemodialysis, and in-center hemodialysis, other choices for treatment of kidney failure include kidney transplant and medical management of symptoms. All of these choices are […]

March is National Kidney Month. To help you understand therapies for kidney failure, Varun Agrawal, MD, nephrologist and assistant professor of medicine, explains home dialysis services that are offered by the University of Vermont Medical Center – and why it may be a great option for patients and families to consider. What is dialysis? Is […]

High blood pressure, clinically known as hypertension, affects nearly 75 million adults in the United States and 1 billion people globally. Although one-third of adults in the United States are affected, only half of them have their blood pressure controlled. That has significant costs, both in terms of health and economics. The estimated economic burden […]