DaVita.com Kidney Education http://www.davita.com DaVita provides a complete range of dialysis treatments and support services for patients living with chronic kidney failure, also known as end stage renal disease, or ESRD. How Long Can an Arteriovenous (AV) Fistula Last? http://www.davita.com/preparing-for-dialysis/planning for a vascular access/how-long-can-an-arteriovenous-(av)-fistula-last?/a/5033

Remember 1972? It was a leap year. The Godfather won the Academy Award for best picture. The Dallas Cowboys beat the Miami Dolphins 24-3 in Super Bowl VI. Medicare established the End Stage Renal Disease Program to pay for dialysis treatment for all Americans due to ethical issues. At the time there were 7,000 people on dialysis; today there are over 350,000. In 1972, four people, who now dialyze with DaVita, each had an arteriovenous (AV) fistula placed so they could start hemodialysis; and today all four still have their working AV fistulas.