March 28, 2017

Free Kidney Screening Available At University Medicine Patient Care Center

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In honor of National Kidney Month, screenings will be offered on March 9 from noon to 4 p.m. at UM’s East Providence facility

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (February 27, 2017): March is National Kidney Month and University Medicine joins the National Kidney Foundation in urging all adults to assess their risk for kidney disease. Anyone with diabetes, high blood pressure, a family history of kidney failure, or are over the age of 60, are considered to be “at risk” and should have their kidneys checked.

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is offering a free kidney screening on March 9, 2017 at University Medicine, 375 Wampanoag Trail, East Providence, R.I. from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00pm.

All KEEP Healthy participants will answer a brief health-risk survey and have their height, weight and blood pressure measured. At-risk individuals will have their kidney health checked through a simple, onsite, ACR urine test. The ACR test can identify protein in the urine, which is often the first sign of kidney disease. Free educational materials will be provided and a medical professional will review results and answer questions from participants.

According to the NKF, over 26 million Americans have kidney disease and most don’t know it. Early detection and treatment can slow or even prevent the progression of kidney disease.

For more information about the screening or to pre-register for KEEP Healthy, contact the National Kidney Foundation at 781-278-0222 ext. 333.

Urine strips and accessories for KEEP Healthy are provided by Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Inc. and Quantimetrix Corporation.

The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. For more information, visit www.kidney.org. or contact your University Medicine provider.

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