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Nephrology & Hypertension

Our nephrology and hypertension specialists treat patients with kidney disease and manage the care of patients requiring renal replacement therapy, including hemodialysis. Our physicians have a special interest in the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure) and offer specialized clinics to help patients manage difficult-to-control high blood pressure.

Second-opinion consultations and physician referrals are welcome.

Certified Hypertension Practice Center

Our Hypertension Center is recognized as a referral center for difficult hypertension (HTN) cases in our community. We are certified by the American Heart Association (AHA) as a Hypertension Practice Center. This certification recognizes our Nephrology team's commitment to care for people with complex or difficult-to-treat high blood pressure. King's Daughters is the only hospital in the state of Kentucky to receive this certification, and one of only 22 hospitals in the nation.

We understand the important role of the kidneys, the neuro-hormonal and cardiovascular systems in the regulation of blood pressure. Patients who develop elevated blood pressure are thought to have imbalances in those systems. Many of the medications needed to treat hypertension act through the kidneys (diuretics, ACE inhibitors and others) and nephrologists have ample experience with these medications. Through tight coordination with primary care providers and other specialists, we aim at controlling blood pressure in our community and reducing its impact both on a public health and individual levels.

Our Hypertension Center focuses mostly on the importance of lifestyle modifications and diet. A registered dietitian is part of our team and provides free counseling for our patients with hypertension. We also have excellent communication with our sleep lab to serve our patients with hypertension and sleep apnea.

On-site Laboratory

To assist with blood work, we are proud to have on-site lab technicians. Our lab is equipped to process basic blood work and more advanced studies, especially related to certain hormonal imbalances that can cause hypertension.

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