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We found 4 providers with an interest in kidney failure and who accept HealthSmart GEPO near Fort Worth, TX.

Dr. Ira Marc Epstein, MD, DO
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Ira Epstein works as a nephrologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Epstein include renal artery stenosis, glomerulonephritis, and urine culture. Dr. Epstein is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After attending Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Epstein completed his residency training at Cooper University Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , end-stage renal disease (ESRD), kidney failure

All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome, Renal Vascular Disease, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Raghuveer Vanguru, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
919 Alston; Suite 101
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Raghuveer Vanguru practices adult nephrology. His areas of expertise consist of glomerulonephritis, hypertension (high blood pressure), and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. After completing medical school at Osmania Medical College, Dr. Vanguru performed his residency at Chicago Medical School. Dr. Vanguru (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with North Hills Hospital, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , end-stage renal disease (ESRD)

All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Hypertension, End-Stage Renal Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis

Dr. Shane Wesley Kennedy, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
950 West Magnolia
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Shane Kennedy practices adult nephrology. In his practice, Dr. Kennedy focuses on end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Dr. Kennedy's professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Weatherford Regional Medical Center, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Kennedy studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , end-stage renal disease (ESRD)

All Interests: Hypertension, End-Stage Renal Disease, Kidney Problems

Dr. Robert Gordon Parham, MD
Specializes in Urology
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Robert Parham specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Parham obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. His clinical interests include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), bladder cancer, and atrophic vaginitis. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Parham accepts. He is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Weatherford Regional Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , end-stage renal disease (ESRD)

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Sleep Disorders, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Kidney ... (Read more)

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What is Kidney Failure?

Kidneys are bean-shaped organs located under the ribs near the spine. They work to remove waste and excess fluids from the body through the urine. When the kidneys are no longer working well enough for a person to live without interventions such as dialysis or a kidney transplant, it is considered kidney failure. Kidney (sometimes called renal) failure can happen suddenly, usually after surgery or an injury to the kidneys. It can also happen slowly after many years of chronic kidney disease.

The most common causes of kidney failure by far are diabetes and high blood pressure. Some other causes of chronic kidney disease are conditions such as HIV or polycystic kidney disease, inherited problems with the kidneys, or large amounts of drugs or medications that damage the kidneys.

The symptoms of kidney failure are extremely varied and depend on whether the kidney failure happened suddenly or over time. Some of the more common symptoms are fluid retention and swelling, decreased urine output, shortness of breath, fatigue, and itching as toxins begin to build up in the body.

A doctor can check kidney function with blood tests to see how well the kidneys are filtering the blood, urine tests to check for the presence of blood or protein, or blood pressure tests. High blood pressure can cause kidney disease, but kidney failure can also cause high blood pressure.

Kidney failure is a serious condition. Sometimes, if the condition happened suddenly, the problem that caused the kidney failure can be reversed and the patient can recover. More often, patients with kidney failure will rely on dialysis or a kidney transplant to stay healthy.