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Archive for March, 2011

The Shocking Truth about Heart Disease

March 22, 2011

For years, doctors have treated heart disease the same in both men and women despite evidence that shows that this approach isn’t working. Over the past 20 years, for example, more women than men have died from heart disease. In fact, heart disease now kills more than one in four women in America, nearly triple the number of breast and lung cancer combined.

Last week on the Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Oz talked to Dr. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, the director of the Women’s Health Center at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute who has spent the last several years studying heart disease in women. On the show, Dr. Bairey discussed several new risk factors that are specific to women.  

These risk factors include:

  • HDL cholesterol levels – For years, doctors have told us that our HDL, or good cholesterol, levels need to be higher than 40. However, doctors now say that women should have a number higher than 50 to prevent heart disease.
  • Menstrual cycle – Irregular menstrual cycles in women under 45 are now considered a risk factor for heart disease.
  • Problems during pregnancy – Complications like high blood pressure, gestational diabetes and dramatic weight gain during pregnancy can impact heart disease.

Every woman should watch the latest Dr. Oz Show segments on the truth about heart disease in women.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Preventive screening is an important part of catching heart disease before it can cause major damage. Learn more about Life Line Screening’s heart disease screening and find a screening near you today.

Seniors Not Getting Preventive Health Services

March 17, 2011

A new report by the Department of Health and Human Services says that Americans aged 65 and older are not getting the necessary preventive services they need to stay well.

These preventive services include vaccinations for influenza and pneumonia, and screenings for breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes, cholesterol and osteoporosis.

Calling these services “woefully underutilized,” study author Lynda Anderson, Director of the Health Aging Program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, calls for seniors to start taking care of their health by acting preventively.

It is a mainstay of common medical wisdom to say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Getting screenings is important because the tests can identify issues before they have progressed too far.  Health issues are always easier to deal with when they are in the early stages.  There are often more treatment options and those options are easier and cheaper.

Many services are covered through Medicare. Make sure you talk to your doctor about what is available and appropriate for you. 

For those screenings that aren’t available through Medicare, Life Line Screening is available throughout the country.  All of our screenings are conducted to the highest standards, at one time, conveniently in your community.  Search for screenings near you today.

Are You at Risk for Life-Threatening Deep Vein Blood Clots?

March 4, 2011

Every year, more people die from preventable blood clots than from breast cancer, AIDS and traffic accidents combined. The Vascular Disease Foundation (VDF) is taking the month of March to bring attention to these deadly clots, also known as deep vein thrombosis.

DVT Is caused when a blood clot forms in the body’s deep veins, usually within the pelvis or leg. These clots can either break off and get lodged in the lung arteries (an event known as pulmonary embolism) or cause permanent damage to the blood vessels. DVT kills between 100,000 and 180,000 deaths per year and makes life miserable for thousands of others.

People who are at a higher risk DVT include those who:

  • Are pregnant or have delivered a baby within the last two months
  • Have been hospitalized for an illness
  • Have undergone surgery
  • Smoke
  • Are on extended bed rest
  • Sit for longer than six to eight hours at a time
  • Have cancer or are undergoing cancer treatments
  • Have a family or personal history of DVT

Symptoms of DVT include:

  • Unexplained pain in one leg
  • Change in skin color or temperature
  • Recent swelling in one leg

Read the VDF press release or visit the foundation online to take the free assessment quiz and learn more about DVT.


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