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Archive for January, 2011

Life Line Screening, Larry King Cardiac Foundation Collaboration to Help Residents of Tennessee

January 31, 2011

According to a press release, the Larry King Cardiac Foundation (LKCF) will sponsor at-risk, low-cost cholesterol and diabetes blood screenings through collaboration with Life Line Screening. This will begin on February 1, 2011.

This is an exciting partnership for both the LKCF, whose mission is “save a heart a day,” and Life Line Screening, whose mission is “the power of prevention.” It is the hope of these organizations that the efforts will raise awareness of heart disease and diabetes, spread the word that these simple screenings can determine your risk for such diseases before they become a problem, and ultimately help save lives.

A statement by Colin Scully, CEO, Life Line Screening, quoted in the press release, sums up the feelings of both health advocate organizations: “The Larry King Cardiac Foundation has a mission of saving a heart a day. By helping bring these screenings to the residents of Tennessee, they are doing more than that. They are helping prevent heart problems from developing in the first place. We are very pleased to have such a valuable partner and to support the Foundation.”

Read the entire press release at:

The first screening event will take place in Sweetwater, TN at the First United Methodist Church. There will be more than 200 screening events across the state in 2011. 

To find a screening in TN or any state, visit  To learn more about the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, visit

SignatureMD Partners with Life Line Screening

January 28, 2011

SignatureMD is partnering with Life Line Screening to provide its physicians and their patients access to preventive health screenings. Through this collaboration, SignatureMD physicians will refer patients to Life Line Screening sites to undergo various tests including vascular screeningsType-2 diabetes screenings, and osteoporosis screenings among others. With Life Line Screening, physicians will be better able recognize a patient’s risk for disease, and implement lifestyle changes and a complete medical plan. It is through this comprehensive evaluation and individualized attention that will allow SignatureMD physicians to help their patients lead healthier, fuller lives.

Read press release announcement in full detail.

SignatureMD is a privately held, consumer healthcare services company, founded in 2007 and headquartered in Santa Monica, California with physicians’ offices around the country. SignatureMD offers a patient-centered, wellness-focused, efficient health-care delivery system. SignatureMD’s network of doctors approach medicine by building a relationship with the patient and focusing on preventive care to ensure a longer, healthier life.

Did Task Force Ignore Evidence on Mammograms?

January 27, 2011

An article in the global news source, Reuters, reports that scientific proof of the lifesaving effects of mammograms were ignored when the controversial breast screening guidelines were issued in 2009.

Researchers Edward Hendrick of the University of Colorado and Dr. Mark Helvie of the University of Michigan Health System revisited the same models used by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), the organization who issued the 2009 mammograms guidelines.

The researchers discovered that “annual mammograms starting at age 40 save 65,000 more women from breast cancer than mammograms done every other year in women 50 and older,” the article, entitled “New U.S. analysis backs annual breast screening,” by Julie Steenhuysen states.

With breast cancer being the second leading cause of death after lung cancer, these researchers and Dr. Carol Lee who chairs the American College of Radiology’s Breast Imaging Commission believe that these lifesaving facts far from insignificant.

In fact, the team calculated that getting annual routine mammograms starting at age 40 reduces the risk of death by breast cancer by 71% as compared to only 23% if a woman follows the task force recommendations.

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Vascular Disease Foundation Seeking Nominations for Jacobson Award

January 25, 2011

According to a press release dated today, the Vascular Disease Foundation (VDF) is looking for nominations for the 2011 Julius H. Jacobson II Award for Physician Excellence. The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 11.

Named for the doctor who pioneered microsurgery, being the first to bring a microscope into the operating room, Dr. Jacobson’s work led to coronary artery surgery and limb implementation. The VDF annually gives this award to recognize other doctors who have given outstanding contributions to physician education, leadership, or vascular disease care.

Criteria for each candidate are as follows:

  • A licensed physician in good standing.
  • Made significant contributions advancing the science or clinical practice for the prevention and treatment of vascular disease or made exceptional contributions to vascular education programs, either to health professionals or patients.
  • Recognized for personal and professional integrity.
  • Not a current member of the Board of Directors of the Vascular Disease Foundation.

The recipient of the 2010 award was Jack L. Cronenwett, MD, Professor of Surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Cronenwett ran a vascular surgery fellowship, initiated a vascular residency for new medical school graduates, served as President of the Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery, and designed a modern curriculum in the specialty.

You can learn more about the 2010 winner, find out how download a 2011 nomination form, and/or read this press release in full at

Life Line Screening supports vascular health and is a proud sponsor of the Vascular Disease Foundation.

Cold-EEZE Skate for the Heart NBC Special on January 16

January 11, 2011

On Sunday, January 16, from 4pm to 6pm EST, the Skate for the Heart special will air on NBC. Life Line Screening is a proud sponsor of this special. Our commercial featuring Peggy Fleming will be shown during this time.

My family and I actually attended the taping of this special and I can assure you the skating is beautiful and the music is terrific!

Musical acts include: David Archuleta and Ruben Studdard from American Idol and Straight No Chaser, a fantastic acappella group that really brings the house down. All of this is tied to the American Heart Association.

Please watch this special and help spread the word!


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