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Archive for May, 2010

Newt Gingrich Talks About Life Line Screening

May 27, 2010

In a new video on, Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and the Founder of the Center for Health Transformation speaks about why he believes in a consumer focused approach to health care and why he supports the work of Life Line Screening.

Citing the need for a patient-focused approach that uses advanced technology and can be delivered at low-cost, Mr. Gingrich explains that “Life Line Screening is a good example of the kind of effort… that gives you the lowest possible cost so that you know whether or not you have a health problem.”

Mr. Gingrich summarizes by saying, “You know, screening sometimes seems like it is a waste of time, until you find that problem, and suddenly your life is dramatically better because you got the right help at the right time to prevent it from getting a lot worse. And that is where Life Line Screening comes in.”

Thank you, Mr. Gingrich, for your supportive words and your steadfast belief that new, innovative models of health care will help improve health care outcomes and cut costs.

Reduce Sugar Intake to Lower Blood Pressure

May 26, 2010

An 18-month study revealed that reducing the amount of sugary drinks we intake can reduce our blood pressure:

Now, more evidence shows that the added sugar we drink and eat is bad for us and that reducing your overall sugar intake can improve our health.

The American Heart Association notes that added sugars, such as those found in processed foods and alcohol, are implicated in obesity, high blood pressure and other risk factors for heart disease and stroke:

This new study confirms a specific link between high blood pressure and sweetened sugary drinks, and notably, the improvement in blood pressure was seen in a group of older people who were not drinking all that much sugar to start with.

The improvement in blood pressure was small, about 1.8 points in the top number (systolic pressure) and 1.1 in the bottom number (diastolic), but this decrease was noted after only reducing intake by one can of sugary drinks a day.

In the study, sugary drinks included soda pop, fruit drinks, fruit punch, and lemonade.

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Bret Michaels has a TIA—Nothing Mini About So-Called “Mini- Stroke”

May 21, 2010

Bret Michaels, Poison front man and contestant on The Celebrity Apprentice, was re-hospitalized Thursday after suffering a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), sometimes called a mini-stroke. Doctors also discovered a hole in Michaels’ heart.

This is a terrible setback for the 47 year-old celebrity. He is also recovering from a brain hemorrhage suffered this past April. He recently appeared on Oprah looking fit and ready to return to Apprentice. He has Type 1 Diabetes and was attempting to win the contest and a $250,000 prize for the American Diabetes Association.

The term mini-stroke is somewhat misleading. Recent research presented at the 2010 American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference in San Antonio underscores how a TIA is not a mini-problem. According to the researchers, cognitive impairment is common in TIA victims and is an indication that brain injury has already begun. The research was funded by the Canadian Stroke Network.

In the news released provided by the American Stroke Association ( lead researcher Michael Harnadek, Ph.D., states “Our research, and similar studies, underscores the need for the prevention of cerebrovascular disease, as well as early detection and treatment in those affected, to preserve cognitive health.”

According to the same press release, the American Stroke Association reports that a third of people who have a TIA will have a full-blown stroke within a year.

Michaels’ diabetes places him at increased risk for all types of vascular disease and this ongoing stream of cardiovascular problems is an example of how we sometimes can’t know what is happening inside our bodies. Our thoughts are with Bret and his family with hopes for a full recovery.

Thank You to Our Wonderful Sites & Hospital Partners

May 18, 2010

Every day I receive news alerts that highlight when the name Life Line Screening is mentioned in a newspaper, blog or other type of media. I am always so pleased to see that our host sites – the town halls, churches, libraries and hospitals – are out there letting people know that health screenings are available locally.

Here are just a few terrific examples:

Life Line Screening at the Kendallville Public Library

First Baptist Church of Eastland Will Offer Life Line Screening
Abilene Reporter News

Stroke screening coming to Maryville
‎Maryville Daily Times
First United Methodist Church in Maryville will be the location of a Life Line stroke and osteoporosis screening beginning at 9 am June 21. …

Stroke and Osteoporosis Screening May 18 | The Rock River Times
The St. Rita Catholic Church will host Life Line Screening May 18. The site is at 6254 Valley Knoll Drive in Rockford. Appointments will begin at 9 a.m. …

And, of course, our wonderful hospital partners such as North Florida Regional Medical Center

and FHN in Freeport, IL

We are so honored to be associated with these terrific local venues and partners. Our ability to reach local communities is made possible because of sites and partners like these.

Younger People Have Strokes, Too

May 18, 2010

As the recent stroke of Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Beau Biden, shows, younger people can have strokes too.  While certainly rarer, strokes can and do happen at any age.

While news reports are not yet saying what caused Mr. Biden’s stroke, and they may never as that is truly his private health information, we do know that he has one important risk factor for vascular disease.  His father had a brain aneurysm in his mid-’40’s. This family history certainly places the younger Mr. Biden at risk. 

The good news is that Beau Biden is supposed to make a full recovery, but you get bet that he is getting a full work-up and will be monitored very carefully in the future. In some ways he is lucky. This mini-stroke gives him warning that he is at risk. Many people do not know they are at risk until they have the stroke. Most strokes simply do not come with a warning sign.

You can’t control your family history but you can control your weight, whether you smoke and other lifestyle risk factors. You can also monitor your cholesterol and glucose and consider vascular screenings, particularly as you hit age 50.


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