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Archive for February, 2011

See Life Line Screening’s AAA Screening Performed Live on The Dr. Oz Show

February 21, 2011

abdominal aortic aneurysmTune in to The Dr. Oz Show on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, to see a segment on Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening, featuring Life Line Screening. You will see Life Line Screening Clinical Director, Rena Law, appear on the show to do a screening on air for the “Assistant to the Day.” 

You will also see Dr. Oz show a healthy and an unhealthy aorta, demonstrate what happens inside your body when the aorta ruptures, and share ultrasound images of AAAs.

(Please note: Show airing can be pre-empted at any time)

Thinking about scheduling an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening for you and/or a loved one? Visit to schedule a screening at a Life Line Screening event near you today.

The VDF Urges You to Stay on the Alert for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

February 17, 2011

peripheral arterial diseaseFebruary is Heart Month, and in a press release today, the Vascular Disease Foundation (VDF) is urging everyone to pay attention to their legs for signs of peripheral arterial disease or clogged arteries in the legs, which increases the risk of heart attack or even death.

Symptoms of PAD can include:

  •  Tired, cramping leg muscles (in calf, thigh or buttocks) that occurs during light physical activity, such as walking, and goes away after resting.
  • Foot or toe pain that can often disturb sleep
  • Skin wounds or ulcers on the feet or toes that are slow to heal (or that do not heal for 8 to 12 weeks).

While some people may pass off the symptoms as age-related, still others may have no symptoms at all. Therfore, it is important to know that anyone over the age of 50 is at risk for PAD, especially if you have the following additional risks:

  •  A history of smoking
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High or abnormal cholesterol numbers
  • An African-American heritage
  • A personal history of coronary heart disease or stroke

Good news is the testing, called an ankle brachial index screening, is quick, painless and non-invasive. National medical guidelines recommend individuals in the following categories receive this testing for PAD:

  •  Adults under 50 with diabetes and at least one other risk factor (listed above)
  • Adults aged 50 years or older with diabetes or a history of smoking
  • Adults aged 70 years or older
  • Adults with one or more symptoms of PAD

The VDF press release  urges that if you fall into any of these categories, talk to your health professional about being tested, and if you would like a free “Heart and Sole Kit” from the VDF that has more information about PAD, please visit www.padcoalition or call 1-866-PAD-INFO (866-723-4636).  

Learn what to expect from a peripheral arterial disease screening from Life Line Screening, which includes a video.

Baltimore Doc Highlights Importance of Heart Healthy Screenings on Local News

February 16, 2011

cholesterol and other numbersFebruary is Heart Month, American Heart Month, according to the American Heart Association, and WBAL-TV in Baltimore recently did a report about their area hospital’s health screening day and the importance of heart screenings for women, particularly women “of a certain age.” 



The report highlights risk factors for heart disease, including high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. The report also points out the importance of carotid ultrasound screenings, emphasizing that “if you have plaque in your neck, you’re likely to have plaque in other places,” which was explained by Mercy Medical Center’s Dr. Monica Aggarwal.   

It’s great to see a news station talking about these important health tests. Read the article and watch the video here:

Read more about heart health and body numbers, courtesy of Life Line Screening.

Stroke on the Rise for Younger Generation

February 11, 2011

“Stroke Rates on the Rise Among Young Americans,” is the alarming title of a recent HealthNews article. It reports that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) researchers looked at hospital records across 41 states and found a significant increase in the number of young American men and women, ages 15 to 44, being hospitalized for acute ischemic stroke.

The breakdown of this CDC research shows increases as high as 51% in the 15 to 34 male age group, 36% in the 4-14 male age group, and 31% in the 4-14 female age group.

The article quotes Mary George, MD, MSPH, of the CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention in Atlanta, as saying “This study really doesn’t address what might be underlying these trends, and I think that really needs to be looked into.” She then added, “Whether it’s associated with increasing trends in traditional risk factors is unknown at this time.”

Read this article now for more on this staggering data.

An ischemic stroke is when a blocked artery prohibits blood flow to the brain. Quick medical attention is needed in this situation to prevent brain damage and even death. History of stroke as well as high blood pressure and high cholesterol are huge determinates for risk. Help prevent stroke by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and getting preventive screenings.

Heart Disease: Famous People Will Share Their Personal Stories Tonight

February 4, 2011

Tonight, Friday, February 4, 2011, at 10PM EST, ABC will air “A Barbara Walter’s Special: A Matter of Life and Death.” This show aims to spread awareness about heart disease.

Walters, 81, had open heart surgery in May 2010 to replace a faulty heart valve. She and other well-known people, who were also affected by heart disease, will share their personal and emotional stories on this show. These guests include: President Bill Clinton, David Letterman, Robin Williams, Regis Philbin and Charlie Rose.

See the video advertisement for this show here:

Watch tonight so you can learn more about what you need to know to save yourself and your loved ones. As Ms. Walters says, “It’s no big deal…it’s just a matter of life and death.”

Take the Life Line Screening heart disease risk assessment now.


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