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Winchester Medical Center Promotes Kidney Health at Free Event on March 9

Winchester Medical Center (WMC) urges the community to understand the risk factors and the importance of prevention and early detection and treatment of kidney disease at a free World Kidney Day event on Thursday, March 9, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., in the WMC Conference Center.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is often referred to as a “silent” disease because early symptoms may go unnoticed. CKD does not happen overnight and there is no cure for kidney failure. This is why early screening is important to detect kidney disease before it progresses.

Valley Health staff will talk with attendees, share information, offer body fat analysis, medication review with a pharmacist, and healthy snack samples from a dietitian. Free kidney screenings, including blood and urine tests, will be offered all day on a first-come, first-served basis, limited to 200 people. There will be light refreshments. And a photo booth!

“Most of us take our kidneys for granted,” says event coordinator Jennifer Lutz, RN, BSN, clinical nurse manager of renal services at WMC. “Kidneys play such an important role in your good health. They filter and clean 200 liters of blood every day, help balance the levels of essential chemicals in the body, and produce critical hormones.”

High blood pressure, diabetes and being overweight are the main causes of chronic kidney disease, Jennifer explains, which can lead to kidney failure and greater risk of heart attack and stroke. Other risk factors include smoking, age over 50, family history of kidney disease, and presence of any other kidney disease. Those at high risk should ask their doctor about having small samples of blood and urine tested to check for early signs of kidney problems. Take advantage of a free screening at the WMC Conference Center on Thursday – it could be an important first step!

For more information about the World Kidney Day awareness and education event at Winchester Medical Center, call 540-536-4651. World Kidney Day is an initiative of the International Society of Nephrology and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations, made possible locally by generous support from the Winchester Medical Center Foundation.