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Archive for July, 2011

Smoking Cessation, PAD, and a Tie to Hollywood Equals This Year’s VDF Meeting

July 29, 2011

The Vascular Disease Foundation (VDF) announced today through a press release that Thomas R. Frieden MD, MPH, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be the keynote speaker at its annual meeting, “Current Issues in Vascular Disease.” This meeting will take place September 14-15 in McLean, VA.

Dr. Frieden will speak on September 15 about smoking cessation and the public health issue of smoking. These are areas that will be right in line with the VDF’s commitment to reducing smoking and vascular disease.

Russell Crowe  in <em>The Insider</em>

Russell Crowe plays Dr. Jeffrey Wigand in The Insider

Also speaking about smoking cessation will be Dr. Jeffrey Wigand. Dr. Wigand is the former tobacco executive known for helping the U.S. government in its tobacco settlement case. His story was featured on 60 Minutes and was played out in the 1999 film The Insider.

In addition, Matt Logelin, author of Two Kisses for Maddy, will share his personal experience with Deep Vein Thrombosis / Pulmonary Embolism (DVT/PE) and cardiologist, Dr. Thom Rooke, will offer a presentation, Everything I Know About Vascular Disease, I Learned from a Children’s Book.”

As the annual meeting’s title suggests, the latest topics in vascular disease will be discussed, such as peripheral arterial disease (P.A.D.), both acute and chronic venous disease, and how to make a difference for patients in one’s community.

Read the VDF press release here:

Life Line Screening is a proud sponsor of the Vascular Disease Foundation and its efforts to raise peripheral arterial disease awareness.

Additional Resources

See 60 Minutes clips about Dr. Wigand’s story:

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Comic Takes Time Out to Make YouTube Video at a Life Line Screening Event Location

July 29, 2011

Fran Capo Talks Preventive Screening

Fran Capo talks about Life Line Screening preventive health screenings on YouTube video.

Fran Capo is a comedienne, television personality, author, motivational speaker, and the Guinness World Record Holder for Fastest Talking Female.

She also advocates, as she calls it, “prevention is better than cure” in a recent YouTube video that is part of her Cuppa Capo video series.

The video was taped outside of a Life Line Screening event hosted by an Elks club, which is normally a place, Capo explains, where she would do a stand-up comedy show. But on this day she was there to get screening services, including bone density test, AAA screening, atrial fibrillation, and carotid artery screening.

We thought this was a fun YouTube video to share because it outlines Capo’s personal reason for getting checked, which is as she puts simply, “What the heck?!” And also, that it is better to get checked now than being asked after a problem arises: “Hey! Why didn’t you come and check?”

She also makes a good point to the video viewer, saying, “You know what, you take care of your car, take care of your body.”

Thank you, Fran, for talking about Life Line Screening.

You can watch this video now at:

Sign up for your preventive screening today.

Aerobics Plus Weights is Best Defense Against Metabolic Syndrome

July 22, 2011

Power Walk to Prevent Heart Disease

Power walk to prevent heart disease.

MedPage Today, in a July 20, 2011 article by Crystal Phend, reported that “Walking, jogging, and cycling may be key in the battle against metabolic syndrome, whereas weight lifting doesn’t help on its own.” This is according to a study published online on July 11 in The American Journal of Cardiology.

Don’t rule out weights, however, because a combination of both aerobics and resistance training produced the best results for lowering overall metabolic syndrome risk factors. This according to a statement made by Lori A. Bateman, MS, of Duke University Medical Center, and her colleagues, all of whom were associated with the study:

“Eight months of resistance training had little impact on metabolic syndrome or its components in overweight adults with poor lipid profiles,” and “the same duration of aerobic exercise yielded greater benefits for weight, waist circumference, triglycerides, and overall metabolic syndrome score, with significant benefits on all counts for the combination of aerobics and weights.”

What is Metabolic Syndrome?

Add Weights to Aerobics to Further Reduce Risk for Heart Disease

Adding weight training to your power walk routine will help further reduce your risk for heart disease.

Metabolic syndrome is the name for the risk factors that can lead to heart disease and diabetes, and according to the American Heart Association, 35 percent of adults have it. Metabolic syndrome risk factors include:

• Belly fat
• High triglyceride levels (fat in the blood)
• Low HDL (good) cholesterol levels
• High blood pressure
• High blood sugar

These risks are known to be significantly less with diet and exercise, and aerobics along with weight training is your best bet for fighting this problem as indicated by the study.

Additionally, weight training can provide other benefits, such as:

• More strength, less injury
• Increased flexibility
• Boosted metabolism with reduced body fat
• Better muscle definition
• Better state of mind

These benefits are true for all age groups.

You can find out where you stand with your metabolic syndrome risk factors by getting a heart disease screening.

More Resources:

Read full MedPage Today article at:

Read the study abstract in The American Journal of Cardiology:

Visit the American Heart Association for more about metabolic syndrome at:

Wife’s Nagging Can Save Your Life!

July 20, 2011

Many men out there tend to exaggerate about their nagging wives. That is, until the wife’s insistence saves their life. According to a July 18 ABC News/Health article, that’s what happened to 51-year-old Steve Jagler, who had been experiencing consistent shoulder pains.

After a stress test revealed no problems, Jager’s cardiologist told him that it was probably indigestion but only a more invasive coronary angiogram could rule out a heart problem for sure. It was at his wife’s urging that he had the invasive testing, which resulted in the discovery of heart disease that required open heart surgery.

It was her urging that ultimately saved his life. “She won that argument,” he is quoted as saying, “and has won every other argument since then.”

This story prefaces the article’s report of a recent Canadian study that shows married men, as opposed to single, divorced or widowed men, are more likely to go to the hospital within six hours of experiencing heart attack symptoms.

The reason for this, according to those affiliated with the study’s findings, is that women are more likely to take the role of the primary caregiver because it is in their nature to be concerned about their loved one’s health.

The article also notes the importance of knowing your risks for heart disease as well as heart blockage or heart attack symptoms. As advocates for preventive health, Life Line Screening couldn’t agree more. Does it seem like we’re nagging? 😉

Read this article in its entirety at:

Vitamin E May Reverse Tissue Damage Caused by Stroke

July 8, 2011

New studies suggest that preventive use of a natural form of vitamin E, called tocotrienol, may be helpful in rebuilding damage caused by stroke.

The study’s findings are a direct result of laboratory dogs that were given tocotrienol 24 hours after being stroke induced under anesthetic. The results showed:

• A reduction in overall tissue damage
• Better blood flow at stroke site
• Nerve cells remained alive

Senior author of this study, Chandan Sen, is quoted in a Science Daily article stating his thoughts on the findings:

“Though most of us have no idea if we are at risk for stroke, a sizable population has had a ministroke and is therefore at high risk for a large stroke. If I had a ministroke, why would I not take something that would minimize my damage during a stroke?” Sen said. “And this is not a drug; it is a nutritional countermeasure. So there are no worries about side effects. Therefore I see it as having prophylactic* value.”

Read the entire article at:

Stroke Prevention

According to the National Stroke Association, 80% of strokes can be prevented. This study may have just provided us with a safe and natural way to aid in possible stroke prevention.

*prophylactic = preventive


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