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Archive for October, 2011

Get Educated About Atrial Fibrillation as Part of Your Stroke Awareness

October 31, 2011

atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeatAn October 26 article from Health.com (a UK publication) reminds us how important it is to become educated on how atrial fibrillation can attribute to stroke.

The article reports that 750,000 people in the UK are affected by atrial fibrillation (AF / Afib), or irregular heartbeat. Yet, 67% of people over age 65 are unable to recognize it as a warning sign for stroke.

The article also quotes Steve Benveniste, Campaigns Officer at The Stroke Association who says, “Atrial fibrillation increases your risk of stroke by up to five times and around 12,500 strokes a year are thought to be directly linked to the condition.”

Benveniste goes on to say, “It’s worrying that such a significant proportion of people over the age of 65 are unaware of the link between AF and stroke, especially because they are more likely than any other age group to develop the heart condition.”

This means, of course, atrial fibrillation is not limited to our friends across the pond. In fact, according to Afib.org, atrial fibrillation affects more than 2 million people in the US and about 15 percent of all strokes in the US occur in people with Afib.

So, here is what you need to do next:

Know the Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation

Make an appointment with your doctor immediately if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Heart palpitations (sudden pounding, fluttering, or a racing feeling in the chest)
  • Lack of energy, fatigue
  • Light headedness, fainting
  • Confusion
  • Chest discomfort
  • Shortness of breath (even at rest)

Know the Risk Factors of Atrial Fibrillation

Decrease you risk for atrial fibrillation by knowing the risk factors and identifying if you have any of these factors, which include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Overactive thyroid
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol and/or caffeine consumption
  • Extreme stress or fatigue
  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease
  • Obesity
  • Sleep apnea
  • Diabetes

Know That There is Preventive Testing for Afib

You should know that in both the US and the UK, Life Line Screening offers convenient, non-invasive testing for atrial fibrillation. Watch the Life Line Screening YouTube video to see just how easy testing can be at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJY0Ua9MVg4

Get Additional Education About Afib and Stroke

Here are some resources for you to help you get started learning more about Afib and stroke:

Read a past blog post we did in honor of National Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) Awareness Month at, which includes a link to the National Stroke Association: http://www.lifelinescreeningblog.com/index.php/in-honor-of-national-atrial-fibrillation-afib-awareness-month/

Check out our past blog post that contains our Stroke Across America INFOGRAPHIC, which contains important information about stroke that you can share with your loved ones at: http://www.lifelinescreeningblog.com/index.php/saturday-october-29-is-world-stroke-day/

Visit the FacingAfib.com site for info at:  http://www.facingafib.com/

Visit the American Stroke Association at: http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/

Read the article from Health.com in full detail at: http://www.healthcanal.com/public-health-safety/22410-Poor-awareness-continues-put-over-65s-risk-stroke.html




World Stroke Day: Stroke Across America [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 26, 2011

Raising awareness about stroke is the purpose of the Saturday’s World Stroke Day 2011, a campaign by the World Stroke Organization.  We are proud to help raise awareness about stroke and celebrate stroke prevention. Please help celebrate with us by sharing the infographic below with your friends and family.

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Stroke Prevention by Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening has created the Stroke Across America educational infographic above in honor of World Stroke Day. This infographic not only contains statistics about stroke but also critical information you should know about stroke and your health, such as:

• What Stroke Is
• Signs of Stroke
• Types of Stroke
• Stroke Prevention




No Way! Young Adults at Risk for Atherosclerosis (Clogged Arteries)?!

October 26, 2011

This post reminds us that good artery health is not only necessary for the more mature to stay on top of but it is also important for the young. Share this post with the ones you love today…

Ever tell a seemingly fit, young person that they should go ahead and enjoy eating whatever they want while they’re still young?  Are you a young adult who can’t wait to live it up at college by eating fast food on the run and drinking it up with your friends every weekend?

Think again!

Researchers at the University of Quebec worked with 168 volunteers aged 18-35 who had no known risk factors for atherosclerosis. Such risk factors include:

  • Family history of heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • High blood cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity

The study, presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, found that 48% of these volunteers had the symptoms of atherosclerosis, including:

  • Greater waist circumference
  • Greater visceral fat covering the internal organs within the chest and abdomen
  • Signs of blood vessel thickening

Again, this is despite the fact that these volunteers did not meet the clinical definition of obesity, which is determined by weight and body mass index.

The meaning of this study is that for this segment of young adult volunteers, the chance of having a heart attack and stroke in the future is a strong possibility, and age could still play a factor for the rest of these volunteers. We must face the facts: Too many people die from heart attack and stroke, and the risks can start at a young age!

So is there good news? Absolutely!

Not only does atherosclerosis take time to build up, it can be reversed. As such, it is obviously never too late to begin reducing your risk for heart disease and stroke by staying proactive about your health.

young adults should exercise to prevent atherosclerosisTo start, do the following:

  • Get proper nutrition
  • Exercise to maintain a healthy weight
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Control blood pressure
  • Maintain good cholesterol levels

Young or mature, making these lifestyle changes today and sticking to them can help reverse atherosclerosis.

For a little nudge in the healthy direction, why not sign up for the FREE Life Line Screening health E-Newsletter today so you can get healthy living tips every month.

For those who are 40 and over, make sure to get your heart disease and stroke screenings in order for you and your doctor to have a marker for your overall cardiovascular health.

Live healthy no matter what your age!

Information in this post was taken from the following article resources from MailOnline.com (a UK publication) and Today.com:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2053090/The-new-health-ticking-timebomb-Young-adults-picture-health-risk-clogged-arteries.html

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/45021964/

Photo courtesy of photostock / FreeDigitalPhotos.net




Dr. Oz Talks Stroke and Carotid Arteries

October 20, 2011

Every 45 seconds, someone has a stroke. Knowing the risks and taking preventive measures, however, can help you stay on top of your health and avoid stroke. As Life Line Screening believes, such is the Power of Prevention.

dr oz talks strokeIn a recent The Dr. Oz Show segment, Dr. Oz explained how a stroke happens using a really easy-to-understand animation and talked about what causes stroke for most people. Dr. Oz also demonstrated how and why a doctor listens to your carotid arteries.

carotid artery screening to help prevent strokeThen, Dr. Oz showed his audience how a carotid ultrasound screening, identical to that which Life Line Screening provides, uses sound waves to show blood flow through the arteries. He also displayed actual ultrasound images to show what it looks like when an artery becomes clogged.

Life Line Screening thought that this The Dr. Oz Show segment should be shared with you! Please watch today. Segments can be accessed at:

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/life-cartoid-artery-ultrasound-pt-1

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/life-cartoid-artery-ultrasound-pt-2

Remember your risks for stroke:

• High Blood Pressure
• Family History
• Smoking
• Diabetes
• High Cholesterol
• Heavy Alcohol Use
• Kidney Disease
• Aging
• Heart Disease

And, get your carotid artery screening scheduled today! Please “Tweet” or “Like” this post to spread the word.




Screening Tests: This Article in The Washington Post Says it All

October 12, 2011

It is the mission of Life Line Screening to give people access to affordable health screenings that can save and has saved lives. We do this for our consumers because of the high incidence of diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and other health issues that through the Power of Prevention can be treated and/or better controlled if recognized early. We do this because we believe that people should be able to be proactive about their own healthcare. 

We do this and believe this for the same sentiment that is given in this October 11, 2011, article by Michael Milken in The Washington Post about the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), recommendations on screenings: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-block-a-cancer-test-that-saves-lives/2011/10/10/gIQAzybedL_story.html

In our opinion, the first paragraph says it all.

Thank you for reading our blog today and stop back often. Start on a path to healthy living today by signing up for the Life Line Screeening FREE Health E-Newsletter.




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