What is a Nephrologist?
A nephrologist is a specially trained physician with the expertise to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the kidneys, including blood pressure.
You many have heard the term renal care. Renal care and nephrology are the same thing.
Nephrology is a sub-specialty of Internal Medicine. After college a future physician must study four years to achieve his/her Medical Doctor (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) degree. To become a nephrologist they must continue studying for two more years in an intensive renal fellowship program.
A nephrologist uses the following tools to determine how well your kidneys are working:
Your nephrologist will prescribe medications, and possibly a special diet and/or exercise program, to keep your kidneys functioning as long as possible.
Most people are born with two kidneys. If both of yours are heading towards complete failure, your doctor will recommend a kidney transplant or dialysis.
We prefer you get a kidney transplant, but you must qualify for one, as determined by the Kidney Transplant Center we will refer you to.
If you don’t qualify, then dialysis is the replacement for your kidneys. Dialysis is the process by which a machine filters your blood when the kidneys are no longer capable of doing so. The filters get rid of toxins and returns clean blood to you.
There are three different types of dialysis. Our doctor can discuss which is best for you when the time comes. But of course, we hope to coach you on how to avoid, or at least postpone kidney failure. For most people controlling their diet, taking their medicines and getting exercise can help reduce the likelihood of kidney failure.
Your kidney health is closely related to your blood pressure (BP). A nephrologist, more than any other physicians, specializes in hypertension and hypotension as well. We treat abnormal BP that is hard to control. Do doctors make you nervous? We can find out if your BP isn’t high normally, just when you visit your doctor! Ask your primary doctor to refer you to us for a 24-hour blood pressure monitor to find out.
For kidney and hypertension concerns, you’re in good hands with the caring doctors at Cleveland Kidney & Hypertension Consultants, Inc. Ask your primary care doctor if it's time to see us.
by Tim Ray, CNP of Cleveland Kidney and Hypertension Consultants, Inc.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner,
it’s time to reflect on what we are most grateful for.
We are thankful for our patients who trust us with their kidney and hypertension health. We work diligently on your behalf to provide the best care, whether we see you in the office, in the hospital, or in the dialysis center.
We are thankful for our wonderful nurses, medical assistants, receptionists, schedulers, billers, and patient service representatives who put our patients first to make sure all your needs are met. At CKHC we believe your care begins with “hello,” and continues through every facet of your relationship with us.
Our doctors and nurse practitioners research the latest developments in renal modern medicine, so our patients benefit from the most current treatments available - the best medicine has to offer - in response to your individual needs. We are grateful to be able to offer our expertise to you when and where it’s needed most!
Our physicians, NPs, and staff provide the highest quality, compassionate care for people with kidney and hypertension concerns.
We have long been recognized for our expertise in diagnosing and managing acute, chronic and end-stage kidney disease and/or hypertension, in and of themselves, or coupled with diabetes, congestive heart failure, anemia and other complications.
We are proud of our achievements coupled with genuine caring for our patients.
Highlights of Our Proud History:
Practice incorporates as Jeffrey H. Lautman, M.D., Inc.
Dr. Lautman Co-founds Home Dialysis unit with CDC
First nephrology nurse practitioner in Northeast Ohio is hired
Dr. Ari Mosenkis joins the practice
The practice introduces innovative 24-hour blood pressure monitors
Modernize our name to “Cleveland Kidney and Hypertension Consultants, Inc.” (CKHC)
Dr. Lautman and Tim Ray present at the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) national conference.
Dr. Yalavarthy ranks 3rd among all USA graduating nephrology fellows; joins CKHC
Tim joins the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) helping author the nephrology nurse practitioner board exam.
CDC Beachwood opens with Dr. Mosenkis as Medical Director
CKHC expands services to University Hospitals in Geauga County
Dr. Lautman headlines the annual “Ask A Doc” program for the Cleveland Clinic; by 2012 over 300 people attend his panel
Dr. Lautman elected Chief of Staff of Cleveland Clinic's Hillcrest Hospital
Dr. Yalavarthy receives the Physician Recognition Award,
UH Geauga Medical Center
CKHC patient care extends to Wickliffe Country Place
Dr. Yalavarthy becomes Medical Director, CDC Beachwood
Dr. Yalavarthy honored as AIPNO Physician of the Year
Dr. Roman joins CKHC
Tim authors chapters in Acute Care in Nephrology Nursing
Tim becomes the Co-Chair of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Nephrology/Urology group
Dr. Roman becomes Medical Director, CDC Heather Hill
The Corona Virus hits hard;
our practice rises to the challenge and meets the needs of our patients
Our physicians and nurse practitioners are called upon to help treat the sickest of patients in the ICUs and on the floors of every hospital we serve. None of our providers fall ill to COVID19, thank G-d!
We continue to receive 5 star ratings on all major physician review websites
Patients are back in the office; so good to see you in person!
CKHC Celebrates 30 Years in Practice!
We proudly continue to serve those in need of nephrology care!
Let’s talk about high blood pressure and how it relates to kidney disease. First, let's ask, "How common is high blood pressure and kidney disease?"
Almost 1 in 2 adults in the U.S—or about 108 million people—have high blood pressure.
If you are overweight then losing just 10 percent of your weight over the course of a whole year can lower your chance of developing health problems, especially those related to kidney disease!
You probably have a scale at home, but it doesn’t measure obesity. Body Mass Index (BMI) is the tool commonly used to estimate and screen for obesity in adults. That’s because BMI is a measure based on your weight in relation to your height. Of course taller people can carry more pounds than someone shorter, and still not be overweight. Your BMI tells you if you are at a healthy weight or have obesity, or somewhere in between, called overweight.
Your goal should be a BMI lower than 25 to help keep your blood pressure under control. According to the national guidelines and recent research, losing weight can lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure -- and potentially eliminate high blood pressure. And losing weight has additional benefits in addition to lowering your BMI!
How you loose weight is up to you - pick something that appeals to you. Most people pick eating and drinking foods with less than 15grams of sugar per serving and/or putting more movement in their life.
If you want to protect your kidneys by lowering your BP, let your loved ones know that you’re trying to beat your high blood pressure by losing weight, and ask them to support you as you make healthier choices. You got this!
We’re all eager for spring and the warmer weather it brings! Our spirits are lifted as the trees bud and the grass begins to grow! April is the perfect month to put back the “spring” in your step! Start cleaning up the lawn and garden beds for summer. Gardening is not only great for growing plants but helps improve mood, reduces stress, and offers exercise and overall kidney health.
Remember, even though winter is gone, COVID is still here. Stay safe!
Kidney healthy recipe straight from your garden
(or the farmer’s market!)
Easy asparagus recipe!
*1 large bunch of asparagus
Preheat oven to 425. Snap off the ends of the asparagus. Place asparagus on a baking sheet and drizzle with 1-2 teaspoons olive oil, just enough to coat asparagus. Sprinkle pepper and toss until asparagus are lightly coated in oil. Arrange in a single layer on pan. Bake until the base is easily pierced through by a fork. Thin asparagus will take as little as 9-12 minutes, whereas thicker asparagus will take about 15-20 minutes. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and you’re ready to serve!
Protect your kidneys, protect your life!
Cleveland Kidney & Hypertension Consultants, Inc.
Most people don’t know that along with your heart, lungs and brain, your kidneys help keep you alive!
Are you curious?
If you are over 60 years old OR if you have:
Then, yes, you are at risk of having kidney issues - one out of three Americans are!
So if you live with three people, work with three people, or go to school with three people, the odds are one of you is at risk for kidney disease! Don’t let it be you!
Be good to your kidneys – keep moving- but no, not out of state!
Move your body! Walk, bike, hike, run, play basketball, dance, ice skate, exercise - whatever you like! Thirty minutes a day can lower your blood pressure and your blood sugar.
Choose more foods that come from nature rather than from the factory!
Apples, peppers, lettuce, cucumbers, potatoes, and strawberries are examples of winners!
Limit processed foods. You know – foods that come in bags, boxes and cans, and have ingredients we can’t pronounce, or from fast food restaurants (sorry)! Many have been linked to kidney disease and even cancer.
Did you know some popular pain killers can hurt your kidneys?!
Be careful to read the bottle and don’t take more than the limit! If you already have kidney disease, don’t take any without consulting your nephrologist (specialists in kidney failure and high blood pressure like us)!
Are your kidneys working well?
Two simple tests can tell you: ACR and GFR. Your primary care doctor can explain to you how these tests can tell you if you have kidney disease. He/she may want you to get tested – just ask!
Protect your kidneys
protect your life
Stay Safe. Be Well.
Cleveland Kidney & Hypertension Consultants
Cleveland Kidney & Hypertension Consultants Inc. provides distinguished, superior medical care. We specialize in kidneys, hypertension, CKD, ESRD and dialysis. We collaborate closely with the best doctors in Cleveland, for a comprehensive approach to your total well being. This blog is general information and not meant for any individual's health directive. Consult with us for specific and best advice.