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Archive for June, 2010

A Mediterranean Diet Benefits the Heart and the Brain

June 24, 2010

Mediterranean FoodA Mediterranean diet consists of vegetables, fish, fruit, nuts, olive oil, lesser amounts of meat, and moderate wine consumption as well as consumption of whole grains. Repeatedly this combination of foods has shown to protect the heart and arteries.

Research from this past Spring also shows that it protects the brain as well. A HealthDay report on the study which involved 4,000 adults aged 65 and older, revealed less cognitive decline when they ate a Mediterranean diet.

This is good news for anyone interested in preventive health. The same diet protects both your heart and your brain. You can’t lose!

If you want to learn how to incorporate Mediterranean diet foods into your present diet, try the “Go! Foods for You” program through the Cleveland Clinic’ Wellness Institute. This prestigious institute is headed by Dr. Michael Roizen, Chief Wellness Officer at the Cleveland Clinic, cofounder of RealAge and co-author, with Dr. Mehmet Oz, of the popular YOU series. Get a 20% discount off the 8-week online program.

Finding ways to substitute healthier, Mediterranean style foods for unhealthier ones is actually very easy to do. Watch this video to learn how to swap out unhealthy fats for healthy ones. Or, if you are looking for a good salmon recipe, try Poached Salmon with Creamy Piccata Sauce.

And of course, you can stay on top of these healthy recipes and updates by subscribing to Life Line Screening’s free e-newsletter.

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Representative Paulsen Introduces Resolution to Raise Awareness of PAD

June 21, 2010

Representative Paulsen (MN-03) introduced an historic resolution urging government agencies, health organizations, professional societies, and others to address the national crisis of unrecognized, untreated Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD).

Thank you, Representative Paulsen, for championing this issue. Life Line Screening is the largest provider of PAD screenings in the nation, and we can assure you that most people who have an abnormal Ankle-Brachial Index, the gold standard screening for PAD, have absolutely no idea they have this disease. It is often symptomless in its early stages, yet PAD raises one’s risk for heart attack, stroke, amputation and death.

The ABI is a simple, painless test that takes just a few minutes. Last year alone, Life Line Screening found abnormal PAD findings in more than 26,000 people, plus another almost 5,000 people who were unable to complete the test due to arterial stiffness. These individuals were referred back to their doctors where they could be fully evaluated and treated, possibly avoiding a stroke or heart attack altogether.

Current federal guidelines do not recommend PAD screenings, and that is a shame. Many organizations are trying to change this, including the PAD Coalition ( and the Vascular Disease Foundation ( Life Line Screening supports the work of these organizations and Rep. Paulsen’s new resolution (

“A man is as old as his arteries,” says Wall Street Journal

June 14, 2010

The Wall Street Journal ran a terrific article on heart disease risk in the beginning of this month. Ron Winslow’s article is a must-read if you are interested in arterial health and staying out of the heart attack and stroke wards.

One of the most powerful aspects of the article is the accompanying graphic, entitled The Age of Your Arteries. As the graphic illustrates, your arteries age every decade, beginning to build plaque in your 30’s and 40’s and steadily worsening into your 50’s and 60’s. The graphic took up most of the page in the hard copy version and you can’t help but be impressed by the effect age has on artery damage.

The focus of the article is a paper that appeared in the journal Circulation last August. The paper documented a new way of calculating “vascular age.” This age represents how old your arteries are on the inside, as opposed to your calendar age. For example, a 40 year old woman who smokes and has high blood pressure may have a vascular age of 60, with the corresponding loss of life years.

The Real Age folks have been talking about this type of calculation for a while and Dr. Oz uses this technique on his popular TV show as well. It is powerful because it shows people that what is happening on the inside, where it counts, is not always recognizable or visible. You can still look good on the outside, but be really sick on the inside. Plaque buildup is silent and you cannot feel it and you do not know it is there. But silently, it is building and it is putting you at risk.

Calculating vascular age using a short quiz is fun, and helpful, but if you really want to know what is going on you need to look. That is what Life Line Screening does and has been doing since 1993. We’ve been helping people figure out their real age with real images and advanced testing, all at a reasonable price. Take the quiz… and then, get the vascular screening test. This will give you the best information available.


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