Kidney foundation to offer free health evaluations in Catonsville

April 16, 2013 by  

Catonsville area residents are encouraged to take advantage of a free health screening opportunity. Next week, representatives from the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland will be arriving in town to evaluate adults for early signs of kidney disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Printing services are likely being used to create informational brochures and flyers for those who attend this event, which will be called ‘Kidneys: Evaluate Yours’, or ‘KEY’ for short.

Healthcare professionals will spend approximately 20 minutes with each participant, administering blood tests and taking weight and blood pressure measurements. Individuals who are considered to be at-risk for developing medical conditions will be informed of this and receive tips about any lifestyle changes that they can make to improve their health. The personnel on hand at the screening may also refer them to specialized doctors in the area.

In the United States, one out of nine people will learn that they have chronic kidney disease. Most of those who have this condition do not realize it until it has advanced considerably. Cases of high blood pressure and diabetes can also go undetected for years. The goal of this event is to educate the local population about these health issues before they become serious problems for those who may have them.

The KEY screening session will take place on Wednesday, April 24 at the Catonsville Senior Center at 501 North Rolling Road. It will be open to anyone over 18 years of age and will run from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Appointments will not be required.