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15/Dec/2018

Tour Davita is officially over. Here is Dr. Casaretto at the finish line with Ken Thirty, Davita’s CEO.
Alberto completed the whole three-day ride, 200 miles, 2 days in the rain, and sleeping in a tent every night, all for his patients back home. Now, this is dedication! Go Alberto Casaretto!

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By Doctor Alberto Casaretto.

What do my Kidneys Do?

  1. Clean your blood of waste and toxins.
  2. Regulates the extracellular fluid volume, the kidneys work to ensure an adequate quantity of plasma to keep blood flowing to vital organs.
  3. Regulation of osmolality of blood.
  4. Production of Hormones. Erythropoietin – is made in the kidney and is an important hormone in the production of blood in your bones.
  5. Regulates the concentration of important electrolytes like Potassium, Sodium, and Calcium.

How do I Know if I have Kidney disease?

If you have been to your Primary care doctor recently and had blood work, you have probably had your kidney function checked. The two blood tests that check for Kidney disease is Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) and Creatinine. Blood Urea nitrogen is a waste product that your Liver makes when it breaks down protein and Creatinine is a waste product made in your Muscles. When your BUN and Creatinine are elevated, we say you have a kidney problem since the Kidney is the organ that removes these two waste products from your body. Another test that is used to evaluate your kidneys filtering ability is Estimated Glomerular Filtration rate (eGFR).

When do I need to see a Nephrologist (Kidney Doctor)?

Since Kidney disease is typically a silent disease- there are no symptoms until kidney disease is severe, the only way to know if you have kidney disease is to check your blood work- specifically BUN and creatinine. Also if you have blood or protein in your Urine- these are signs that you may have damage to some of your filters in the Kidney. You should also consider seeing a Kidney doctor if your eGFR is less than 60.

What can I do to protect my Kidneys?

  1. Stay Hydrated-One of the easiest ways to keep your kidney healthy is to drink enough water. It is recommended that you drink at least 1 1/2 liters of water per day.
  2. Eat Healthy- Avoid High Salt diets.
  3. Watch your Blood Pressure
  4. Exercise regularly
  5. Stop smoking

Are there medications that could be harmful for my Kidneys?

If you have Chronic Kidney disease you should be careful with Non- steroidal -Anti-inflammatory medications (such as Ibuprofen and Naproxen). Some Antibiotics can also damage the Kidney- especially if the duration of the antibiotics is extended.
Some of the contrast dyes that are used for radiologic test can also be toxic to the Kidney such as the contrast used for CAT scans and Cardiac catheterizations. If you have kidney disease – talk to your doctor before doing these tests.


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15/Dec/2018

Dr Casaretto completed the 10th annual Tour DaVita in Tennessee – a three-day, 240-mile bike ride to raise awareness and funds for the fight against kidney disease which took place from September 24th-26th in Tennessee.

alberto casaretto tour davitaTour DaVita is a chance for riders to give back to the healthcare community while pushing themselves beyond their achievable limits with the support of fellow teammates, friends and family members. The ride is not a race, but a chance for nearly 600 riders to get together for one cause, to help make a fundamental impact on the communities in which we live and serve.

Dr Casaretto attributes his successful completion of this grueling event to the support and encouragement of his family and Davita Team mates.

To participate in Tour DaVita, riders raised a minimum of $750 to $2,000 in donations each and paid their own travel expenses. Their individual fundraising combined with donations from DaVita and other corporate sponsorship will benefit Bridge of Life, which improves access to primary care and dialysis treatment in underserved communities around the world while also focusing on prevention of kidney disease through early-detection testing and education.

The spirit of giving is what inspires teammates, physicians, patients, family members and friends of DaVita to train hard, raise support dollars, use their own vacation time and pay their own airfare to and from the Tour. Money generated from Tour DaVita is used to change lives here in the United States and around the world through Bridge of Life.

We are very proud of our Dr. Alberto Casaretto, MD.  Now that’s dedication!

 If you have any question need an appointment please call 954-463-0112 or request your appointment online.


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15/Dec/2018

Dr. Alberto Casaretto was Honored with the Shining Star Physician Award at the recent Davita Physician Leadership Meeting held at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas on February 21st of 2010.

Dr. Wayne Kotzker and Dr. Reinaldo Rosario were also in attendance for this prestigious award honoring Renal Electrolyte & Hypertension Consultants (now FKP) commitment to Service excellence.

The Shining Star Physician Awards was founded in 2003, and promotes DaVita’s Core Value of Service Excellence; at DaVita, that means high-quality clinical care coupled with a personalized approach. Winners are recognized annually at the Davita Physician Leadership Meetings. Only five doctors are honored every year.

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Dr Casaretto is Installed as the 83rd President of the Broward County Medical Association

Broward County Medical Association Foundation presented the 83th Presidential Inauguration and Dinner on Saturday, October 26th,2009 at 6:00 p.m. at the W Hotel , Ft. Lauderdale, Florida There were 250 guests in attendance .

 The Broward County Medical Association unites 1,700 allopathic and osteopathic physicians, of all specialties, as well as Physician Assistants, toward the fulfillment of a common goal: To secure access to health care of the highest quality for the residents of Broward County. To maintain the integrity of medical practice and care delivery for the citizens of Broward. To advocate in legislative, regulatory, and economic forums for the interests of the patients of Broward County in securing and maintaining access to medical care of high quality from the physicians of their choice, and for the interests of practicing physicians in caring for their patients.

The Broward County Medical Association (BCMA) has a long history dating back to 1926 with a defined mission to promoter and preserve the highest standards of medical care and foster the ethical principles of the medical profession. The BCMA has a positive impact on the lives of the citizens of Broward County in a number of ways. The BCMA maintains a referral service for residents of the county, and is involved in a number of community organizations. The BCMA, through its many committees and volunteer organizations, continues to serve the profession and the citizens of Broward County. We are indeed proud that Broward County has a health system second to none in the United States.


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15/Dec/2018

Congratulations to Dr. Casaretto , Dr. Kotzker and Dr. Rosario. “Urgent Start Peritoneal Dialysis: Report from a US Private Nephrology Practice” was published in Advances in Peritoneal Dialysis (2012) Congratulations to Dr. Casaretto , Dr. Kotzker and Dr. Rosario. “Urgent Start Peritoneal Dialysis: Report from a US Private Nephrology Practice” was published in Advances in Peritoneal Dialysis (2012). Dr. Casaretto also presented this data at the Annual Conference on Peritoneal Dialysis in San Antonio, Texas in February 2012. To view complete article:  http://www.advancesinpd.com/adv12/Part3/102.pdf Conclusion: Urgent-start PD is an acceptable alternative for the late-referred dialysis patient. It avoids the need for temporary vascular access and repeated vascular procedures to establish a permanent access. Urgent start PD allows for the better preservation of residual kidney function and for the lifestyle benefits that can be achieved with a home-based therapy. Urgent-start PD regimens are based on timely catheter placement followed by lower dwell volumes instilled while the patient is in the recumbent position. Staff-assisted intermittent regimens allow for acceptable clearance and catheter maturation before training and transition to the home setting. Developing an urgent-start PD capability should be a priority in PD programs dedicated to offering the full range of treatment options for the late-referred patient deemed appropriate for PD therapy. Please Like REHC on Facebook and also visit our web page at www.mykidneydr.com

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15/Dec/2018

Dr Casaretto has been named of Medicine at Broward Health Imperial Point in September 2012.

He was also appointed to be Chair of Credentialing Committee which he has served on for the last 7 years.

Broward Health Imperial Point Medical Center is a general medical and surgical hospital in Fort Lauderdale, FL, with 180 beds.


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Dr Casaretto completes the fourth annual Tour DaVita in Tacoma Washington – a three-day, 240-mile bike ride to raise awareness and funds for the fight against kidney disease which took place from September 19-21 in Washington State. This bike ride through him through rural parts of Washington State with two days of almost constant rain.

Dr Casaretto attributes his successful completion of this grueling event to the support and encouragement of his family and Davita Team mates.

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To participate in Tour DaVita, riders raised a minimum of $750 to $2,000 in donations each and paid their own travel expenses. Their individual fundraising combined with donations from DaVita and other corporate sponsorship is expected to contribute more than $700,000 to The Kidney TRUST, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission to reduce the human and economic cost of chronic kidney disease across the United States.

By the end of the 2010 ride, more than 1,200 DaVita teammates, physicians, family members and friends will have participated in the four Tours DaVita – riding more than 250,000 miles collectively and raising more than $2.3 million.

Since 2007 The Kidney TRUST has administered more than 13,000 kidney screenings as part of its CKD rapid-testing program and made more than 700 individual grants totaling $1.5 million to help people on dialysis manage medical costs.

“Chronic kidney disease is a largely unknown but unquestionably deadly epidemic in the United States,” said Annette Eros, president and CEO of The Kidney TRUST. “This ride creates a terrific opportunity for people to get involved and make a difference while showcasing a healthy lifestyle and simultaneously spotlighting the need for CKD education and testing.”

For more information about the fourth annual Tour DaVita, please visit www.tourdavita.org.

For more information about The Kidney TRUST, visit www.kidneytrust.org.


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