Health screenings offered Saturday by WVUH, HealthSouth and Rotary

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Appointments are still available for health screenings Saturday, Aug. 23, from 6:30 to 11 a.m. at HealthSouth, 1160 Van Voorhis Road. West Virginia University Hospitals has teamed up with the Rotary Club of Morgantown and HealthSouth MountainView Regional Rehabilitation Hospital to offer the screenings, which include tests for cholesterol and PSA levels.

The screenings are being performed by WVU Hospitals’ clinical laboratories.

A multiphasic screening will provide 15 baseline blood analyses, including cholesterol. Results can help identify current or potential health problems such as coronary heart disease, anemia, diabetes and kidney disease. For a complete list of tests included in the multiphasic screening see www.health.wvu.edu/multiphasic/index.aspx.

For the most accurate results, multiphasic participants should not eat, drink or smoke for 12 hours before the screening. Medication may be taken with small sips of water.

The PSA test measures a substance called prostate-specific antigen made by the prostate – a small gland that sits at the base of the bladder. It’s normal to find small quantities of PSA in the blood, and levels tend to gradually rise in men over the age of 60. PSA may become elevated because of infection, enlargement of the prostate or cancer.

The cost for the multiphasic screening is $35; PSA, $15. Payment can be made at the time of the screenings.

Appointments are encouraged. To schedule, call the WVU HealthLine at 1-800-982-8242.


For more information:
Andrea Brunais, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
sb/ab: 08-18-08

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