Three counties to host free kidney screenings
Monongalia, Marion and Harrison counties to participate in KEEP

Many of those with advanced kidney disease do not know they have weak or failing kidneys, according to Rebecca Schmidt, D.O., West Virginia University kidney specialist.  In an effort to lower those numbers, the National Kidney Foundation, in conjunction with WVU kidney specialists, will offer free comprehensive kidney screenings in three counties.

Monongalia, Marion and Harrison counties will each host one day of kidney screenings through West Virginia University Hospitals and the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP). 

KEEP is a free, community-based early detection and intervention program targeting people at increased risk for developing chronic kidney disease due to diabetes, hypertension and/or a family history of these problems or kidney failure. 

“The diseases that cause kidney failure are common in our state,” Dr. Schmidt said.  “Worse yet, because kidney disease is silent, once symptoms appear it may be too late.”

Screenings take fewer than 40 minutes to complete and involve blood pressure and weight tests.  To measure how well the kidneys filter blood, a test for creatinine levels will be performed.  Cholesterol screenings and a urine test for protein markers will also be offered. 

KEEP participants will receive their complete test results by mail in approximately four weeks.  An additional follow-up phone call or mailing will be made to individuals whose results indicate an increased risk for chronic kidney disease. 

The Monongalia county screenings will take place Tuesday, Sept. 25 at HealthSouth Mountainview Rehabilitation in Morgantown.  Screenings are offered from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Marion county screenings take place Tuesday, Oct. 2 at the Fairmont Knights of Columbus on Mary Lou Retton Drive.  Screenings are from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m.

Harrison county screenings will be offered at the Bridgeport Conference Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12.

For more information on kidney care at WVU, or on KEEP, visit www.health.wvu.edu/keep/

- WVU -

For more information:
Cassie Waugh, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
cw: 09-20-07

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