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Allan Collins, MD

Allan Collins, MD

University of Minnesota School of Medicine
Senior Chief Scientist, Fresenius Medical Care

Dr. Collins is an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota and former Director of the Chronic Research Disease Group, focused on investigating chronic illness to improve public health. He is also the past President of the National Kidney Fund and past Director of the USRDS.

Articles By Allan Collins, MD

Recasting Kidney Failure as Cardiovascular Disease

Total Medicare expenditures on the health care of patients with permanent kidney failure have steadily risen to more than $35 billion per year, although per capita expenditures on the care of dialysis patients have been relatively stable in recent years.1 This conflict in trends can be readily explained by the seemingly unstoppable increase in the… Read More

Cardiac Arrhythmia: An Ominous Side Effect of Thrice-weekly Hemodialysis?

Many studies represent incremental gains in our understanding of human pathophysiology. Some studies, especially large randomized clinical trials, can singlehandedly change the standard of care. Other studies, at the most unexpected times, flash a signal that raises the question of whether the widely accepted standard of care is simply inadequate. In the April 2018 issue… Read More

Hypertension in Dialysis Patients

The link between hypertension, left ventricular hypertrophy, heart failure, and sudden death is clear. In the dialysis population, persistent hypertension is observed in the majority of patients, making it a fundamental and unmet challenge. Accumulating evidence shows that ambulatory blood pressure is a better predictor of survival than in-unit blood pressure—and, importantly, that ambulatory blood… Read More

International Guidelines for Increased Hemodialysis Time and Frequency

During the past 10 years, there has been a proliferation of research about intensive hemodialysis, including both longer and more frequent hemodialysis sessions. The accumulation of data from studies has led to the development of clinical practice guidelines about hemodialysis time and frequency, with a focus on identifying indications for increasing time and frequency.  … Read More

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