Blood Pressure Screenings
Blood pressure is a measurement of the force applied to the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood through the body. The pressure is determined by the force and amount of blood pumped, and the size and flexibility of the arteries.
Blood pressure is continually changing depending on activity, temperature, diet, emotional state, physical state, and medication use.
High blood pressure (also referred to as HBP, or hypertension) is when your blood pressure, the force of blood flowing through your blood vessels, is consistently too high. Learn more about high blood pressure.
Blood pressure readings available Monday-Friday 8:00-3:30. Call for an appointment.
Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening
A free breast and cervical cancer screening program for WV women between the ages of 25-64 who do not have insurance or have health insurance that does not cover screenings. Services are offered by appointment only with a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.
This program covers:
- Mammograms (ages 50-64)
- Pap Smears
- Pelvic Exams
- Breast Exams
- Education on risk factors of breast and cervical cancer and how to perform a self-breast exam at home.
Referrals will be provided for further diagnosis on all abnormal clinical breast exams for anyone between the ages of 25 – 49.
Routine periodic screening encourages early identification of precancerous conditions of the cervix and early-stage diagnosis of cervical cancer. Most cervical cancers CAN be prevented with detection and early treatment of precancerous lesions. Monthly breast self-exams, annual clinical breast exam, and regular mammography screenings aid in the early diagnosis of breast cancer. For more information on this program, please visit the BCCSP Website.
Contact our office to schedule an appointment. A return appointment may be necessary for some tests. 304-269-8218.
Tuberculosis (TB) Program
What is Tuberculosis (TB)?
Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium Tuberculosis. The infection usually attacks the lungs, but can attack parts of the body including kidneys, spine, and brain. If not treated active, TB can be fatal.
There are two types of TB that the Lewis County Health Department monitors:
- Latent TB infection - The person is infected with the TB “germ,” but it does not make them sick or anyone else around them sick. The person’s body can fight the bacteria from growing, but not to get rid of it totally. If this bacterium becomes active, it could multiply and become active TB. This is when you may infect others.
- Active TB disease - The bacteria is active, and your immune system cannot fight off the disease. You become sick and will pass TB on to others. A person with active TB will be prescribed special antibiotics made specifically to fight TB disease.
No appointment is necessary, however, you must have a 48-hour window to be checked during office hours. Those eligible for free skin testing are:
- Known or suspected contacts to an active case
- Those with certain medical conditions (adult or child)-if you do NOT have insurance
A TB risk assessment will be completed on anyone wishing to have a skin test to verify if they meet the West Virginia Tuberculosis criteria.
Preventive therapy for positive skin tests and medication for active disease is provided at no cost as well as chest x-ray and enrollment into our TB control program as indicated. There is no cost for the skin test, medication or chest x-ray.
For additional information please call our office at 304-269-8218.