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Free March 12 kidney screening in Greenville

March 12, 2015 posted by Kathy Neal

People with diabetes or high blood pressure are more likely to experience kidney disease, but they may be unaware of their risk. A free kidney screening on Thursday, March 12, offers them and other high-risk groups the opportunity to learn more about their health and follow up for additional care if needed.

The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Joy Soup Kitchen at 700 Albemarle Ave., Greenville. Those interested in the screening may make an appointment by calling Chesna McNeil at (252) 847-4621, or walk in on the day of the screening. Co-sponsors are Vidant Medical Center and East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine.

“If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, or a family history of kidney disease, we encourage you to get screened for kidney problems, “ said Dr. Cynthia Christiano, chief of nephrology in ECU’s Brody School of Medicine, who specializes in treating kidney disease. High-risk groups also include African-Americans, Hispanics, American Indians and older adults.

Screening participants will have their blood pressure and blood sugar checked, provide a urine sample and a have a small amount of blood drawn. Physicians and other health care volunteers will be there to talk with anyone whose initial results are of concern. Further lab results of concern will be communicated to participants by mail, and follow-up with a health care provider will be encouraged.

“We want people to be healthier, and this screening is a great way to identify and treat kidney problems early,” Dr. Christiano said. 

For more information about kidney disease, see please click on Understanding Kidney Disease at the online Vidant Health library.
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