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Archive for August, 2010

Life Line Screening Part of Life Saving Abdominal Aortic Disease Study

August 26, 2010

Data collected from Life Line Screening was used in a regression study to help expand the target population of those people at risk for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).

This study originated after medical professionals found that half the people with abdominal aortic disease are not even eligible to receive an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening under current Medicare screening guidelines.

According to an article written by Kathleen Blanchard RN on, researchers collected Life Line Screening data from 20,000 screening sites nationwide that had participants who completed a medical and lifestyle questionnaire and who also received an abdominal aortic aneurysm ultrasound.

The article goes on to state, “The findings showed that women, non-smokers, and persons age 65 and younger are also at risk for abdominal aortic aneurysm and that Blacks, Hispanics and Asians had lower risk of having AAA compared to Whites.”

While it is known that the risk of AAA does increase with age, those with high risk factors prior to this study had included only:

  • Males
  • Patients with heart disease
  • Smokers
  • Patients with a family history of AAA

Meanwhile, current Medicare guidelines only allows an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening for those people with a family history or who smoked more than 100 cigarettes in their lifetime, as reported by the article, which can be read in its entirety at:

It is our belief that the results of this study will change guidelines and help save countless lives. In the meantime, remember that many people with abdominal aortic disease do not experience symptoms. Life Line Screening offers the abdominal aortic aneurysm screening for any person who prefers to take preventive measures with their health.

Proud to Be Part of Life Line Screening

August 6, 2010

The information I received from my health screenings and Know Your Number report in July 2009 enabled me to enjoy climbing Mt. Rainier in July 2010.

During those 12 months, I lost 15 pounds, changed my nutritional plan, and started a more specific working out schedule. This all gave me the fitness and confidence needed to pursue the summit of Mt. Rainier.

Though I did not “summit”, I had the fitness to do so. During the next year, I will learn the mountaineering skills needed to reach the summit. Many extreme goals like this one are lifetime epic journeys. With the information I gain from Life Line Screening about my health – I can enjoy the journey as much as reaching the actual peak.

Jim Kuhn (age 56)
VP, Human Resources

At 6am Sat. July 24th – fresh before the climb.

At 11,000 feet after 7 hours of climbing. The view is of Little Tahoma Peak just west of the summit of Mt. Rainier.

Statin Medications Lower Stroke Risk

August 3, 2010

I’ve known that statin medications, those cholesterol-lowering drugs that we’ve heard so much about, are good to lower heart attack risk, but I did not know the extent to which they have been proven to lower stroke risk as well.

The Heart Protection Study, a study out of Great Britain, looked at 20,536 people with high-risk disease and examined the effect of a statin drug called simvastatin. The authors write,

“Overall, there was a highly significant 25% proportional reduction in the first event rate for stroke…”


“The results demonstrate that statin therapy rapidly reduces the incidence not only of coronary events but also of ischaemic strokes…even among individuals who do not have high cholesterol concentrations.”

The take-home message: If you have blocked arteries or diabetes, talk to your doctor about the appropriateness of taking a statin, even if your cholesterol isn’t high. There may be a protective effect against both heart attack and stroke.


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