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Archive for October, 2010

Life Line Screening Hits Late Night With Jimmy Kimmel

October 26, 2010

If you happened to catch the Jimmy Kimmel Show last night you would have seen Jimmy and his crew undergo the Know Your 5 screening tests with Dr. Oz.

What you might not have realized is the pretty (and witty) brunette who conducted the blood tests was none other than Life Line Screening’s very own Maytee Swogger! Thank you, Maytee, and thank you General Manager John Campbell, for going to the studios yesterday morning to make sure that Jimmy, Guillermo and Yahye got their cholesterol and glucose tests.

Dr. Oz did the blood pressure, weight and waist measurements that evening and the results were fairly dramatic.  Watch here to see all 3 segments:

Know Your Risks! Dr. Oz Discusses Stroke

October 22, 2010

Dr. Oz discussed stroke and its many risks on his show Thursday, October 21, 2010, in a segment called Dr. Oz Sounds the Stroke Siren.

In the list of risk factors, Dr. Oz highlighted carotid artery stenosis and atrial fibrillation as two of the underlying causes.  He also noted that, “Strokes strike out of the blue, without warning and can happen to anyone, even people who are healthy.”

Getting key screenings for these underlying conditions is one way to find out your risk before a stroke strikes.  In addition, it is important to maintain healthy lifestyle and make sure to Know Your 5 to check for other risk factors.  The Know Your 5 tests include cholesterol, glucose, waist circumference, blood pressure and weight.   

In fact, in Calculate Your Risk for Stroke, which is within the related show information on his site, Dr. Oz puts Know Your 5 at the top of the list of steps to help avoid stroke.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability. Life Line Screening is pleased to work with and support Dr. Oz in his mission of prevention and wellness.

Atrial Fibrillation Getting Attention in U.K.

October 19, 2010

Atrial fibrillation screeningAtrial fibrillation is receiving new attention in the United Kingdom.

According to an article by the BBC, a recent report issued by the Atrial Fibrillation Association and the Stroke Association in Wales states “better care for those with irregular heartbeats could save the National Health Service (NHS) in Wales millions each year.” 

More than 50,000 people in Wales suffer from atrial fibrillation (AF), an irregular heart beat that is related to stroke. It is the most common type of irregular heart rhythm.  Costs to the NHS Wales amounted to more than £100 million in 2008 alone.  

“Too often AF passes as an unrecognized condition,…” states Ana Palazon, Director of the Stroke Association in Wales, according to this article, “We want to see patients receive reliable information, to have appropriate access to services and that the condition is recognized early so that appropriate treatment can be offered in pursuit of maintaining good health alongside a good quality of life.”

 Read this article in this entirety at

 Across the pond and here at home:

In the U.S., atrial fibrillation, also known as “afib,” causes about 100,000 strokes per year and is the leading cause of stroke in older women. Read information from the National Stroke Association at

Learn more about the atrial fibrillation screening offered by Life Line Screening and see video of how we perform this simple, non-invasive exam.

The Dr. Oz Show Features PAD Screening

October 15, 2010

picture of peripheral arterial disease screening

Photo of a Life Line Screening technician performing the Ankle-Brachial Index test, a screening for Peripheral Arterial Disease.

Dr. Oz discussed Peripheral Arterial Disease and the need to check for it during a show this week.  Dr. Oz does a great job describing why this silent disease can be deadly or lead to amputations.

Check out the two segments here:

Roasted Veggies Equal Big Flavor

October 12, 2010

Need more vegetables in your diet, to help lower your cholesterol and fight heart disease, but hate the taste? Try roasting as a cooking method. Soon you’ll be craving vegetables you never thought you would eat, including brussels sprouts.

By roasting vegetables, you cause the natural sugars to caramelize and the flavors to concentrate. Also, roasting allows you to cook with little extra fat.

All you need to do to prepare roasted vegetables is:

      1.  Set oven temperature at 400 to 450 degrees.
      2.  Wash and trim veggies as necessary.
      3.  Cut the vegetables about the same size for even cooking.
      4.  Place vegetables on a baking sheet in a single layer without crowding.
      5.  Drizzle a small amount of olive oil or canola oil on the vegetables.
      6.  Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, dried herbs or whatever you like for extra flavor.
      7.  Toss the vegetables to ensure even coating.
      8.  Roast for 15 to 20 minutes or until you see the dark brown caramelization on the vegetables.

Whenever you cook vegetables, you do lose some of the nutrients. In fact, vegetables lose nutrients the minute they’re harvested. However, roasting will have you eating more vegetables than ever before. And, the more vegetables you eat, the more nutrients your body gets.

As far as the brussels sprouts mentioned earlier. Did you know these tiny cabbages are a great source of cancer fighting nutrients, vitamins A and C that help with heart disease prevention, fiber for proper digestion, and more?

Don’t miss out on these important health benefits. Try roasted vegetables today. And, for those of you with families, you’ll love to see your kids and/or your significant other when they take that second helping of veggies instead of meat.

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