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Archive for February, 2013

Top 5 FREE Health Apps for People Over 50

February 27, 2013

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App stores for smartphones are full of free health apps with tips, tricks, advice and tools to keep you on the move and informed about your health. This includes everything from diet and weight loss tools to symptom checkers to healthy, well-rounded recipe ideas.

Along with the Life Line Screening UK team, we’ve rounded up a list of the top five FREE health apps that are great for people over age 50.

App #1: MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker
Whether you’re trying to lose weight or just maintain a certain daily calorie intake, this app is sure to help. MyFitnessPal is easy to use and features a food diary, exercise tracker, calories and nutritional details of over 425,000 foods and more. You can also record your meals and workouts to make sure you’re sticking to the healthy diet you’ve pledged to keep.

App #2: Medscape
If you have symptoms and you don’t know what they mean, WebMD’s Medscape app can help answer your questions. This free app gives you access to over 3,500 illnesses and health conditions and their symptoms along with prescription bios, harmful medication interactions, and even the latest healthcare news.

App #3: Instant Heart Rate for Android and iOS
This free app is the perfect sidekick when you want to log your blood pressure. Without the need for any external hardware, this app tracks color changes in the light passing through a finger placed over the phone’s camera to detect your blood pressure.

App #4: Sleep Cycle Calculator
Getting proper amounts of quality sleep can keep you healthy in more ways than one. This app helps you to get the best possible sleep with it’s high-tech alarm that can be set to wake you during an optimal time in your sleep cycle so you get the ideal amount of sleep.

App #5: Stress Doctor
Along with sleep deprivation, stress can also negatively affect your health. With the Stress Doctor app, you can access a mix of breathing practices and modern technology to lower your stress and anxiety. The app uses a heart rate monitoring technology that turns your smartphone into a real-time biofeedback device.

If you have a smartphone and haven’t taken advantage of any free health apps, you’re missing out. Take advantage of the many tools available to you that can help make living a healthy, smart lifestyle easier. Try out some of the free health apps above, and tell us what you think of them on our Facebook page here.

Learn more about lifelong health from the professionals at Life Line Screening today.

VIDEO: Positive Thinking and Heart Health

February 26, 2013

The heart has long been associated with emotions, especially love, passion and excitement. Studies have even shown the impact thoughts and emotions like negative thinking and stress can have on the heart. In fact, research has linked these negative factors with an increased risk of heart attacks.

In this Life Line Screening video, learn more about the link between positive thinking, less-stressed individuals and a decreased risk of dangerous heart attacks. See why you should make an extra effort to stay happy and reduce the stress in your life to lower your chances of experiencing a debilitating heart attack.

Life Line Screening is proud to offer cardiovascular disease screenings for individuals at risk. Risk factors include things like smoking, obesity, lack of physical activity, an unhealthy diet, family history and more. Are you at risk? Learn more about our heart disease screenings today.

Visit Life Line Screening’s YouTube channel to learn more about healthy lifestyles. For those without video capability, the text is provided below.

Half-Minute Health Helpers: Positive Thinking

Here is the audio text to the video:

“It’s long been noticed that grumpy, stressed-out Type A personalities are at a higher risk for having a heart attack. So I guess it comes as no surprise that studies show that individuals who are upbeat, enthusiastic and optimistic appear to have fewer heart attacks.

So manage that stress with a little meditation, exercise, or some lively music, and turn that frown upside down and your heart will be smiling too.”

Friday Roundup: Salt Intake and Life Expectancy, Your Diet and Sleep, & More

February 22, 2013

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Do you want to stay up-to-date on the latest health news? Start with the weekly news roundups from Life Line Screening. Below, we examine recent headlines featuring the effects of salt reduction in our diets, sleep and poor diets, and everyday activities that can replace going to the gym.


Eat Less Salt to Live Longer

Too much of anything can be bad for your health, and salt is no exception. A new study published in the journal Hypertension found that almost half a million American lives could be saved if we all lowered our salt intake by just a fraction of a teaspoon per day.

Specifically, the study found that a gradual, 40 percent reduction of salt consumption over the period of a decade could lengthen the lives of about 280,000 to 500,000 people. How? This salt reduction easily lowers hypertension and heart disease, two major health problems.

Read the full study findings from ABC News here:


Not Sleeping Well? It Could Be Your Diet

Things like high anxiety, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and more can all have negative effects on the amount of rest you get each night. One new study found that having a poor diet can also affect how well you sleep.

Published in the journal Appetite, results showed that certain nutrients in food can impact sleep duration, meaning a poor diet can cause you to wake up throughout the night and start your day not feeling rested. Data was analyzed from a nutrition survey and results found that short sleepers (no more than five to six hours of sleep per night) ate the most calories in their diets compared to normal sleepers (nine or more hours).

Read the rest of the article on sleep duration and nutrition here:


Skip the Gym, Try These Everyday Activities

Good news for those of us that don’t have the time or money to go to the gym, but still want to exercise. A new study found that short stretches of physical activity through everyday activities, like raking the leaves or choosing the stairs over an elevator, may be just as good for your body as a trip to the local fitness center.

“We encourage people to seek out opportunities to be active when the choice is available,” said study author Paul Loprinzi in the HealthDay article. “For example, rather than sitting while talking on the phone, use this opportunity to get in some activity by pacing around while talking.”

Read more about this study here:


What’s Trending on

Want to get in on the discussions going on right now at Check out what’s trending now:

Discuss: The Pros and Cons of Having a Credit Card
Credit card debt can have a physical impact on your body through the stress it may cause. What do you think of having a credit card? Share with us.

Vitamins. Are they Necessary?
Do vitamins really have proven health benefits? Are they necessary for overall health? Tell us what you think here.

Hard Topic – Emotional or Physical Abuse
How have you removed yourself from an abusive situation or helped someone you know remove themselves? Please join the discussion here.

VIDEO: What You Should Know about Life Line Screening

February 21, 2013

Whether Life Line Screening is identifying serious risk of disease or providing peace of mind, the ultimate goal is your well-being. These screenings are available at an affordable cost, use the highest-quality equipment and are designed to help people take a proactive approach to their health.

Life Line Screening screens for a variety of serious health conditions including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, atrial fibrillation, peripheral arterial disease, carotid artery disease and more. Because many of these conditions are asymptomatic in the early stages, they often go unnoticed until it’s too late.

Discover all of the capabilities of Life Line Screening by viewing the video below. In it, you’ll meet the Chief Medical Officer and learn about the facts of the screening services of the company. See for yourself what sets Life Line Screening apart from any other screening company.

Visit Life Line Screening’s YouTube channel to learn more about it’s preventive health screenings or advice on healthy lifestyles. For those without video capability, the text is provided below.

Life Line Screening: Who We Are

Here is the audio text to the video:

“I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure; those words have never been more true than today. Our noninvasive, state-of-the-art screenings make it easy to take charge of your own health and the health of your loved ones.

And that’s why you’re here. Everyone knows someone who’s had a heart attack or a stroke, maybe someone very close to you, and we also know that preventive medicine is the best medicine, that early identification of a disease is the key to avoiding life-altering, even life-threatening problems later on.

Hi, I’m Joelle Reizes, Communications Director at Life Line Screening.

Life Line Screening is the nation’s leading provider of preventive health screenings. Since 1993, no one, including clinics and hospitals, has screened more people than we have.

Life Line Screening works in conjunction with many world-renowned healthcare institutions, and employs highly-trained technicians and board-certified doctors. Our equipment is exceptionally high-quality as well. We’re also rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau. Here to tell you more is our Chief Medical Officer.

I’ve been a vascular surgeon for more than 30 years, and nothing frustrates me more than seeing a patient who’s suffered a stroke or ruptured aneurysm which, if we had found it early, could have been prevented. That’s the reason for screening; it’s as simple as that.

We’d like to share a few important things about our company, and the technologists that you have entrusted with your screenings today. We’ve been doing screenings longer than anyone else, and are the only international provider, with screenings here in America and also in the United Kingdom and Australia. We screen about a million people a year, all with one thing in common: they’re advocates for their own health and wellness.

We have some of the most sophisticated screening equipment in the industry. Our ultrasound machines were designed to be used by the military on the battlefield. They’re state-of-the-art and continually calibrated to ensure accuracy and confidence. Most importantly, the technologists who are conducting your screenings are exceptionally trained and very experienced. In fact, the average Life Line Screening technologist has screened over 40,000 people, so you can trust them to be experts in what they do, and to provide your screenings in a comfortable and caring manner.

The goal here, and the goal of most any physician, is going to be to find out what’s wrong with you before something happens that could really have a bad effect and sometimes debilitating effect.

For more information about Life Line Screening or to schedule an appointment, visit today.”

VIDEO: Easy Food Swaps to Lower Cholesterol

February 20, 2013

Your diet plays a big role in your health. The foods you eat supply your body with the energy and fuel it needs to keep working properly, so loading up on low-quality fuel is an easy way to weaken and negatively impact your health.

Especially when it comes to high cholesterol, there are solutions other than taking medication. Changing your diet is one of them. In this Life Line Screening video, explore some easy food swaps you can make to lower your cholesterol levels and decrease your risk of experiencing heart disease, stroke and more. View the video to discover below to see which foods you should switch with other healthier options.

Visit Life Line Screening’s YouTube channel to learn more about healthy lifestyles. For those without video capability, the text is provided below.

Half-Minute Health Helpers: Easy Food Swaps

Here is the audio text to the video:

“Everyone these days knows that too much bad cholesterol in one’s body can contribute to heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. The good news is that simple dietary changes can help lower cholesterol levels, oftentimes without the need of taking medication.

A new article on suggests simple substitutions you can make in your diet to cut your cholesterol consumption, like using walnuts in salads instead of croutons, drinking red wine instead of alcoholic cocktails, and using vinegar and lemon juice instead of fattening salad dressings. Those satisfying and tasty switches will have your heart saying “thank you” instead of, “is there a doctor in the house?”


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