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RMA KIDNEY FOUNDATION

RMA KIDNEY FOUNDATION

RMA KIDNEY FOUNDATION

“ENHANCING LIVES AFFECTED BY KIDNEY DISEASE IN NEW MEXICO”

NEWSLETTER VOLUME 1-LETS TALK KIDNEYS

WELCOME

Welcome to our first Newsletter. “The RMA Kidney Foundation is dedicated to kidney disease prevention by enhancing awareness, and improving the quality of life of people with or at risk of kidney disease through education, research and philanthropic projects.”

“Our foundation will provide comprehensive educational resources for prevention & awareness in individuals with or at risk of kidney disease.”

We invite you to participate and contribute to our foundation. We aim to be a valuable resource for patients with kidney disease or at risk of kidney disease in New Mexico.

RMA KIDNEY FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS:

Dr. Fidel Barrantes-President/Board Member
Beth Evans, NP- Board Member
Jaclyn Starr- COO/Board Member
Polly Azar- Board Member
Maria Sanders- Board Member
Felicia CdeVaca- Board Member
Loan Phan- Board Member

Estimated prevalence of self-reported kidney disease by state (%), Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) participants ages 18 and older, 2012

This map shows how prevalent kidney disease is in New Mexico

Symptoms

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF CKD?

Most people may not have any severe symptoms until their kidney disease is advanced. However, you may notice that you:

  • feel more tired and have less energy
  • have trouble concentrating
  • have a poor appetite
  • have trouble sleeping
  • have muscle cramping at night
  • have swollen feet and ankles
  • have puffiness around your eyes, especially in the morning
  • have dry, itchy skin
  • need to urinate more often, especially at night.
  • Increase blood pressure

Anyone can get chronic kidney disease at any age. However, some people are more likely than others to develop kidney disease. You may have an increased risk for kidney disease if you:

  • have diabetes
  • have high blood pressure
  • have a family history of kidney failure
  • are older
  • belong to a population group that has a high rate of diabetes or high blood pressure, such as African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian, Pacific Islanders, and American Indians. (National Kidney Foundation , n.d.)

WHAT CAUSES KIDNEY DISEASE

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes Mellitus (Prolonged high blood sugar)
  • Obesity
  • Infections in the kidney/scarring from kidney infection in the childhood
  • Street Drugs [ street (cocaine), speed, synthetic marijuana, etc]
  • Prescribed drugs- Pain killers like Aleve, some antibiotics, etc
  • Cancer
  • Obstruction of pipes that drain the kidney
  • Kidney Stones
  • Inflammation in the filtering units of the kidney ( like Lupus, vasculitis)
  • Diseases that affects other organs- hepatitis, Alcohol, etc
  • Sepsis (generalized infection in the body that causes low blood pressure)
  • Heart conditions (like heart failure); Liver conditions (like cirrhosis)

HOW TO PREVENT KIDNEY DAMAGE

  • BLOOD PRESSURE CONTROL
  • WEIGHT CONTROL
  • DAILY EXERCISE
  • TAKE BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICATIONS
  • AVOID OTHER FACTORS THAT INCREASE BLOOD PRESSURE
  • REGULAR CHECK UP WITH PRIMARY CARE PHYSICAAN OR SPECIALIST IN COMPLICATED CASES

WHAT WE HAVE DONE TO DATE

  • Bone Symposium August 5-6, 2017
  • 1st Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser 9/22/2016
  • Jaclyn Starr foundation introduction to Brookline College 12/5/2016
  • Nephrology Nursing Symposium January 28, 2017
  • High Tea Party Fundraiser April 27, 2017
  • Participated in Kidney Walk April 30, 2017
  • Partnered with NKF
  • Dr. Barrantes educational presentation to Siembra Leadership High School May 17, 2017
  • Dr. Barrantes educational presentation to Belen community May 19, 2017
  • Dr. Barrantes educational presentation to ACL-Acoma Hospital June 22, 2017
  • 2nd Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser

VOLUNTEER

You can participate by volunteering. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Jaclyn Starr at 505-974-7484 or email jstarr@nmkidney.org

 

WHY DONATE

All the money raised for the RMA Kidtney Foundation stays in New Mexico for patient’s needs: education, research, training and educational.

 

HOW TO DONATE

You can contact our COO: Jaclyn Starr at (505) 974-7484 or email: jstarr@nmkidney.org also please visit our website at nmkidney.org to donate.

You can also write a check and send to:

RMA KIDNEY FOUNDATION
PO Box 92373
Albuquerque, NM 87199

Partners/Sponsors

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