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Archive for September, 2011

VDF’s Annual Meeting: A Venue Honoring Those Who Support Vascular Disease Health

September 30, 2011

life line screening is proud sponsor of the VDFIn separate press releases, the Vascular Disease Foundation (VDF) announced the recipients of awards for vascular health support as well as for research of venous disease and peripheral arterial disease. Award recipients were recognized at the VDF’s eighth annual meeting in Washington.

Vascular Health Support

The VDF awards for vascular health support honor citizens, health care providers, organizations, researchers and companies that have enhanced understanding and/or treatment of peripheral vascular disease.

The awards and recipients are detailed in the VDF’s September 23, 2011 press release, which can be read in full detail at:

Venous Disease Research

The VDF’s Venous Disease Coalition (VDC) awards are for venous disease research studies published in 2010 in peer-reviewed medical literature and are made in three distinct categories: Basic Science, Clinical Outcomes and Quality Improvement and Implementation of Best Practices. The winning studies must provide important or novel insights for each category.

Read about this award and award recipients in the September 29, 2011 press release at:

Peripheral Arterial Disease Research

The VDF’s P.A.D. Coalition awards are for research studies published in 2010 in peer-reviewed medical literature and are made in three distinct categories: Epidemiology/Preventive Medicine, Vascular Medicine and Vascular Interventions. The winning studies must meet specific criteria, such as insight into lower extremity artherosclerosis and its progression, P.A.D. detection, impact on limb symptoms or quality of life, psychosocial effects, and more for each category.

Read more in this September 29, 2011 release at:

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening is a proud sponsor of the Vascular Disease Foundation and a proud supporter of your vascular disease health and wellness. We provide peripheral arterial disease screenings that are safe, non-invasive and easy. Watch a video that shows how it is done here: Get screened!

Get Your Diabetes Under Control to Save Your Memory

September 23, 2011

All Headline News recently reported on a study done in Japan which found that people with diabetes run a greater risk for developing forms of dementia, such as vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. These issues can affect one’s cognitive abilities, such as memory.

The said study followed 1,017 individuals, who were at least 60 years of age, for 11 years. All received diabetes testing at the start of the study. At the end of the study, all participants were assessed for signs of dementia. Following this assessment, it was discovered that 232 of the 1, 017 had developed dementia. Based on data, the study concluded that those with diabetes had double the risk of developing dementia compared to those with normal blood glucose levels.

What’s more, the study information revealed an increased risk of dementia for those who had pre-diabetes as well as those who had high blood sugar levels two hours after meal but were not pre-diabetic.

Have you been screened for diabetes? The test is simple and can also check your cholesterol and elevated c-reactive protein levels. Learn more at:

If you would like to read All Headline News article in full detail, go to:

A Message from the P.A.D. Coalition About Free P.A.D. Info

September 22, 2011

peripheral artery diseaseSeptember is P.A.D. awareness month and the perfect time to a get a simple peripheral arterial disease screening (P.A.D. Screening) from a trusted health source, such as your physician or Life Line Screening.

In addition, our friends at the Vascular Disease Foundation’s P.A.D. Coalition have a message for you in their press release of September 21, 2011:

“In support of P.A.D. Awareness Month, the P.A.D. Coalition is providing a FREE online interactive workbook that works like an online booklet, with turning pages, narrated text, videos, graphics, printable handouts and quizzes. It covers risk factors, symptoms and diagnosis and the key components of disease management. To access the workbook and many additional patient and provider resources, visit

In addition, if you would like to receive a FREE “Heart and Sole Kit” with more information on peripheral arterial disease (P.A.D.) please visit or call 1-866-PAD-INFO (866-723-4636). 

Read the P.A.D. Coalition’s entire press release at:

Life Line Screening is a proud supporter of the Vascular Disease Foundation.

New Study: Additional Warning Regarding Depression and Stroke

September 21, 2011

On August 18 we posted information from a USA Today article that reported women with a history of depression had a higher stroke incidence. Yesterday depression hit the news again in a article on the CNN Health site, so be sure to share this post.

This new article reported findings of a study analysis that people with depression are not only more likely to have a stroke but their strokes are more likely to be fatal. This analysis was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The Study Data

An Pan, Ph.D., is the lead author of the study analysis and a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston. Pan and his colleagues took data from 28 studies dating back to the mid-1990s, which included about 318,000 people.

The studies, ranging anywhere from two to 29 years, supplied data that showed about 2.7% of the participants had experienced a stroke during the studies. Additionally, the study revealed those who received a depression diagnosis were 45% more likely to have a stroke and 55% more likely to die from said stroke.

About Depression

It certainly may not be surprising to readers that the study data suggests at least some of the stroke risk in depressed people can be due to an unhealthy lifestyle, since people who are depressed are more likely to smoke, drink, eat unhealthy foods, and neglect their overall health.

Besides those habits, though, other factors of depression that can affect inflammation levels in the blood vessels that you may not immediately think of can include:

  • An increased production of stress hormones
  • Not keeping up good dental hygiene
  • Not socializing with friends
  • Not taking medications that are meant to prevent stroke-related condition (e.g. stroke or blood pressure medications)
  • Taking atypical antipsychotics (AAPs) that control depression but have been shown to cause weight gain

The article is careful to mention that, “More research is needed to determine whether depression drugs contribute to stroke risk. Doctors should monitor weight gain and blood pressure levels in patients taking these drugs, but there’s no reason for patients to stop taking them.”

If you are taking AAP medications for bipolar disorder, Parkinson’s Disease, or other be sure to discuss stroke risks with your physician and keep up with stroke screenings.

You can read this article in full detail at:

This Government Campaign is for Your Heart and Stroke Health

September 21, 2011

Several government agencies as well as private-sector businesses have come together to launch a campaign for your heart and stroke health.

According to the website, managed by the US Department of Health and Human Services, the goal of the campaign, dubbed Million Hearts, is to prevent a million heart attacks and strokes through the year 2017.

As reported by The Wall Street Journal’s Health Blog, heart attacks and strokes account for one-third of all deaths and costs $275 billion in medical care, according to Thomas Frieden, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

So it is the purpose of the CDC, as a co-leader of Million Hearts, along with other government agencies and private businesses, to work together and use available advanced technology and standards of care to prevent and treat heart disease more aggressively and efficiently.

Some of the things you can expect from this Million Hearts program could be:

  • A reminder from your doctor that you need to have your cholesterol checked
  • Guidance on prevention (e.g. when to start an daily aspirin regimen)
  • Free blood pressure checks at your local Walgreen’s
  • Smoking cessation programs
  • Healthier available foods

Of course, as advocates for the Power of Prevention, we at Life Line Screening feel this is a great campaign! As always, we will do our part by continuing to send out information and reminders about staying proactive with your healthcare, as well.

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Read more about the Million Hearts program on its website, which is managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at:

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