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Archive for February, 2012

Monkees Singer Davy Jones Dies of Heart Attack

February 29, 2012

Although it is not my normal news source,,* a celebrity news website has reported that Davy Jones, died of a heart attack this morning.

Jones, age 66, was the lead singer of the American pop rock group, The Monkees. The group also included members, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork.

The group had a television series from 1966-1968 and continued to record music through 1970. Hits include: “(Theme From) The Monkees”, “Last Train to Clarksville”, “I’m A Believer”, “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone”, “Pleasant Valley Sunday” and “Daydream Believer”.**

Unfortunately this leaves February’s Heart Health Month to end on a sad note, and our condolences go out to the family of this beloved 60’s teen icon.




Friday Roundup: Keeping Your Child Protected from a Future of Heart Disease

February 24, 2012

How do you feel about the latest news regarding testing children for high cholesterol?

It sounds a bit cruel to draw blood from a young child until you realize that heart disease can start at a young age, especially if it runs in the family. This can lead to a heart attack at an extremely young age, which can be considered even more cruel.

According to a (which is part of EveryDay Health) article, The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children with risk factors, like obesity or a family history of heart disease, get screened as young as two years old.

“Ideally, you want your toddler’s total cholesterol to be below 170 mg/dL and his LDL cholesterol to be below 110 mg/dL,” the article states.

In order to keep your child healthy, the article suggests regular exercise and a diet that includes lean protein, soy products, whole grains, egg whites, low-fat dairy products, and fresh produce.

Also use canola and olive oils when necessary but avoid frying foods, and buy dressings, orange juices, margarines, yogurts and cereals that are fortified with plant stanols and sterols.

Don’t buy commercially baked goods either, as they are loaded with trans fats. For a special treat, offer dark chocolate or put dark chocolate in homemade chocolate chip cookies.

Learn About Familial Hypercholesterolemia

family heart disease and high cholesterol

Click on picture to learn more about familial hypercholesterolemia.

Another type of heart-related disease you should be aware of is an inherited gene-related disease called familial hypercholesterolemia. Patients with this disease have inherited a “bad” gene from their parent(s). While rare, patients with this disease, do not survive past a young age without treatment.

Familial hypercholesterolemia can show symptoms, even in young children, consistent with ischemic heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, or aortic stenosis. Or, they can have symptoms similar to tendonitis or arthralgias.

A telltale sign of this disease is skin lesions (nodules) on the hands, elbows, buttocks, knees or tendons. These nodules can be orangish in color

Learn more from the resources section below and talk to your child’s pediatrician about cholesterol screening today.


The AAA Screening That Saved My Life

February 23, 2012

Life Line Screening AAA screening saves the life of Verna MorresLife Line Screening discovered an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) in Verna Morres during a health screening event. The event was sponsored by American Health Care Professionals and Life Line Screening at Verna’s church, Way of Faith Ministries, in Fairfax, VA.

In a video by Abby Sternberg,, Verna gives her thoughts about the health and wellness opportunities at her church and, more importantly, the AAA screening that saved her life in March 2011.

“I think it is very well worthwhile to go ahead and do the screening,” says Verna, who thanks American Health and Way of Faith Ministries for bringing the Life Line Screening services and other wellness programs to her church and her community. 

Verna says that it was the first health screening event she had ever participated in and even admits to previously pitching Life Line Screening cards in the trash thinking that she didn’t need such a screening. She is so grateful that she decided to go when the screening service was brought in by her church.

One more thing she adds, “I’m not one for doing things that are difficult but this was very easy, very comfortable all the way through.”

What’s keeping you from getting screened?

Watch the video at:

Image captured from the video.

Larry King Jr. is Building His Own Legacy Promoting Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

February 23, 2012

When Tampa Bay Times columnist Ernest Hooper recently sat down with Larry King Jr. for an interview about his new endeavor and future plans, it may not surprising that his first question to King was: What’s it like being the son of a famous icon? King’s answer proves that, while proud, his is concentrating on his own legacy…

For any “Jr.,” it’s tough. You have to live up to the reputation that your father has achieved. […] I’m certainly proud of what he’s accomplished, but it’s a hard measuring stick. I have to thank my mom for her advice. She always said, “Be who you are and be the best at who you are.” You have to be comfortable in your own skin. He’s done what he’s done, now I’m trying to chart what I’m going to do.

With this confidence and positive attitude, King has invested $250,000 to $500,000 renovating Cheval Athletic Club in Lutz, Florida. The club opened to residents and non-residents beginning with a 3-day event on Friday, February 17, called “Cheval Gives,” held in conjunction with the nearby Cheval Golf and Country Club.

King has been a resident of Chevel for about 9 years, but it is his goal to make Cheval’s athletic club a place for children and families in and outside the Chevel community to visit and have access to features such as (a):

  • Tennis courts
  • Refurbished pool
  • Refurbished playground
  • New fitness room
  • Designated area for nutritionists to teach about proper diet
  • Designated area for students to receive health education

LifeLine Screening supports the Larry King Cardiac FoundationKing is also the president of the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, an organization that Life Line Screening proudly sponsors and works with. The organization was started by his father, following his heart attack and quintuple bypass surgery, after he learned the cost of the surgery. Mr. King worried about people who would need the same care but do not have the insurance coverage or money to pay for it. As such, the Larry King Cardiac Foundation provides life-saving cardiac care to those people.

Read this article in its entirety at

Read about the most recent Life Line Screening-Larry King Cardiac Foundation partnership



Friday Roundup: Life Line Screening-The Biggest Loser, Dan McCarney’s Stroke and Cleveland Clinic Afib Chat in the News

February 17, 2012

LifeLine Screening The Biggest Loser event with Mark Wylie

Wylie talks about his aortic dissection and how preventive screenings could have helped him avoid open heart surgery. (Photo taken from video.)

We’ve got the link to video of The Biggest Loser-Life Line Screening event at Pompano Beach’s Assumption Catholic Church, featuring Mark Wylie from Season 3 of The Biggest Loser. Did you know Wylie had surgery for aortic dissection?

Also in the news: Dan McCarney survives a stroke and Cleveland Clinic plans a online chat about Afib.

Thanks for visiting today and visit often! 


Mark Wylie Talks About Losing Weight and Getting Preventive Screenings from Experience posted a video of Mark Wylie, Season 3 third place winner of The Biggest Loser-Life Line Screening event at Assumption Catholic Church in Pompano Beach, FL. Not only does Wylie discuss how losing weight (over 100 lbs.) saved his life, he talks about how getting a preventive screening could have possibly kept him from open heart surgery. Wylie was diagnosed with an aortic dissection, also called a dissecting aneurysm. Life Line Screening services include preventive screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Watch Wylie’s interview at:!/news/health/Third-Place-Biggest-Loser-Contestant-Visits-Miami/139479398

Dan McCarney Gives Interviews Following Stroke

Dan McCarney, North Texas Mean Green Coach, talked to reporters to say that he suffered a stroke over the weekend due to a blood clot in the back of his brain. He is, however, expected to be back to his normal routine, although he expects his doctors will ask his return be at a slower pace.

Read full story at ESPN Dallas/Fort Worth: and Cleveland Clinic Online Chat Scheduled

Doctors Wagoner, Saliba and Bhargava from the Cleveland Clinic along with Mellanie True Hills, Founder and CEO of and the American Foundation for Women’s Health will answer questions about atrial fibrillation online on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 12 noon EST.

Go to for more information and/or to read transcripts from previous chats.

Have you signed up for your stroke, AAA or Afib screening yet? Sign yourself and a loved one up today. Learn more about what to expect at our screening events here:


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