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Wheeling Hospital Offering Free Health Care Screenings for Men At Howard Long Wellness Center

June 16, 2017

WHEELING, W.Va. – Free health care screenings for men will be conducted at Wheeling Hospital’s Howard Long Wellness Center as part of Men’s Health Month.

The screenings for osteoporosis, carotid artery and hypertension are scheduled from 2-5 p.m. on June 19, and 9 a.m. to noon June 26.

The osteoporosis tests will be conducted through scans that simply require the participant to place a bare foot in an ultrasound device called a bone densitometer. The device measures the bone mineral density of the heel. The heel is measured because its bone is similar to that found in the hip, where fractures most often occur.

Dr. Gregory Merrick, director of Wheeling Hospital’s Schiffler Cancer Center and the Men’s Health Center, said men as well as women can suffer from osteoporosis, and the evaluations are a good preventive tool.

The entire bone density evaluation takes 10 minutes, which includes registration, screening and going over the results. The men will be given their results and encouraged to take them to their physician for inclusion in their medical record.

Carotid artery screening is a simple, painless noninvasive test. A gel is applied to the patient’s neck, and then the area is scanned with a portable ultrasound. This allows the technician to determine the presence of any dangerous plaque buildup, which can block blood flow to the brain. If there are dangerous blockages, the patient will have the information to give to their physician. The entire test lasts under 10 minutes.

The hypertension screening is a simple blood pressure check.

Physician referrals are not required for the tests, and no special preparation is necessary.

No appointment is needed. For more information, call the Men’s Health Center at Wheeling Hospital at 304-243-8813.

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