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Essential Heart Disease Prevention Tips

February 10, 2015

Heart disease may be a leading cause of death, but that does not mean you have to accept it as your fate. Although you lack the power to change some risk factors — such as family history, sex or age — there are some key heart disease prevention steps you can take.
You can avoid heart problems in the future by adopting a healthy lifestyle today. Here are some heart disease prevention tips to get you started.

Stop Smoking
Your risk of a heart attack decreases within a year after quitting. A recent study found that only three years after quitting, ex-smokers had the same risk of a heart attack as people who never had smoked.

Regular Medical Checkups and Health Screenings
Regular medical checkups and preventive health screenings can spot some of the warning signs of heart disease. Know your risk factors and ask your doctor what tests are appropriate for you, and how often you need them.

Adopt a Healthy Eating Plan
Adopt a healthy eating plan that emphasizes lots of whole grains, fruit and vegetables and minimizes fats. The American Heart Association recommends the following guidelines: limit total fat intake to less than 25 percent of your daily calories; limit saturated fats to less than 10 percent of daily calories; and limit cholesterol intake to less than 300 milligrams per day.

Regular Aerobic Exercise
Regular aerobic exercise (the kind that gives your heart and lungs a workout) for 30-60 minutes at least three times a week increases oxygen consumption, raises HDLs, lower LDLs, reduces blood pressure, boosts energy and reduces stress.

Control High Triglycerides
The best advice to control high triglycerides is familiar: lose weight and exercise regularly, reduce cholesterol and saturated fat as well as total calories in your diet, decrease your intake of alcohol and control any other risk factors–such as high blood pressure and smoking–since they multiply the danger of high blood triglycerides.

Vitamins
There is some evidence that shows that a high intake of folate and vitamin B6 appears to reduce levels of homocysteine, a substance found in the blood that, in large amounts, may be associated with a higher risk of heart disease. Aim to get about 400 micrograms of folate and around three milligrams of vitamin B6 daily by taking supplements or eating fortified cereals, spinach and other leafy green vegetables.




Get Screened for a Healthy Future

December 18, 2014

Here are the basics, health screenings are medical tests that check for diseases before you start showing symptoms. Preventive health screenings help you and your doctor identify diseases early, when they are easier to treat.

Participating in health screenings is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health. Depending on your age and sex, screenings that are recommended for you can vary.
 

Take Action with Health Screenings

 
Find out which Health Screenings you Should Receive

Not sure where to start? We’ve published a guideline to health screenings, along with specific screening recommendations for men and women. You can also visit our health screenings section on our website, where recommended guidelines are detailed for specific types of screenings.

Know Your Family History

Even if you are completely healthy, you may be at risk for serious conditions due to your family history. Discussing medical history with close relatives and family members is important to your health. Keep track of what you know and learn, and share this information openly with your doctor.

Talk to Your Doctor

If you are unsure about which screenings you should receive, we encourage you to talk to your doctor. Recommendations are a general guideline, and if you have several risk factors for a disease, your doctor may want you to participate in a preventive health screening earlier.

Schedule a Screening

We recommend that you consider preventive health screenings starting at age 50, and offer our health screenings at multiple locations across the United States. If you want to check to see if we will be in your area soon, type in your zip code here.

Review Your Results

After your health screening make sure you review your results with your doctor. If you are at risk or have a specific condition, you can use the results to help determine the best course of treatment or preventive care.
 

About Life Line Screening

Since our inception in 1993, we have screened nearly eight million people, and currently screen nearly one million people each year at over 16,000 screening events nationwide. Through this experience, we often identify serious health issues and have helped save thousands of lives. We believe in the power of prevention, and are dedicated to providing the highest quality screenings at affordable rates.




Dangers of Diabetes: Similarities Between this Disease and HIV/AIDS

December 2, 2014

A new health study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that almost 30% of adults who have diabetes are undiagnosed, which is the same rate as individuals with HIV. Another shocking fact is only 20% of diabetes patients are treated satisfactorily, the same percentage as HIV patients.

While these facts are shocking, researchers found similarities between the management of diabetes and HIV.

To start off, both diabetes and HIV require patients to be proactive in managing their disease. The consequences of not doing so, will result in severe complications.

HIV weakens the immune system, which can lead to patients developing other diseases.

Diabetes, if it is not managed correctly, can lead to kidney, heart and brain problems.
 

Gap in Diabetes Care

 
The problem comes from people who are living with the disease and aren’t diagnosed. Millions of people are living with a disease and are unaware, and more are not taking proper medication, or visiting a doctor.

At Life Line Screening, we provide a preventive health screening for type 2 diabetes to help you assess your own personal risk factor. According to new screening guidelines, everyone over the age of 45 should have a diabetes screening.

Screenings help identify risk early, and results should be shared with your doctor so you can work on a management plan.

Our diabetes screenings are quick and easy, and measure your blood sugar levels after 8 hours of fasting. Here is what our test includes:

• Hemoglobin A1c — measures your average blood sugar for the past 2-3 months.
• C-Reactive Protein (CRP) — measures levels of inflammation that indicate higher diabetes risk.
 

Importance of Preventive Health

 
Since our inception in 1993, we have screened nearly eight million people, and currently screen nearly one million people each year at over 16,000 screening events nationwide. Through this experience, we often identify serious health issues and have helped save thousands of lives. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality preventive screenings at affordable rates.




Winter Weather and Your Health

November 12, 2014

Winter is just around the corner, so while you’re busy preparing for colder weather, add preventive health screenings to your winter prep checklist. Having high blood pressure puts you at an increased risk for stroke and heart attack, but why get it checked in the winter?

As the weather gets colder, your body reacts to the temperature drop. With lower temperatures, blood vessels become more narrow which forces your blood pressure to rise as it carries blood through a smaller space. High blood pressure then causes damages to the lining of blood vessels which can cause atherosclerosis.

 

Importance of Preventive Health

When it comes to your heart health, early detection is crucial in order to prevent future complications. Preventive health screenings can help you identify and assess your personal risk for serious conditions, with results that you can share with your doctor.

 

Are Health Screenings Right for You?

Dr. Stephen A. Brunton recently wrote an article stressing the importance of health screenings, especially to keep you heart healthy this winter. If you have two or more of these risk factors, we recommend that you schedule a health screening at one of our locations nearest to you.

Family History: No matter how healthy your lifestyle is, if a close family member has suffered from a heart attack, stroke, or cardiovascular disease you have an increased risk.

Smoking: This covers everything from you smoking, or even being around people who smoke. (Inhaling secondhand smoke puts you at risk.)

Not knowing Your Numbers. Having high cholesterol and high blood pressure  raise your risk for several diseases. Not knowing where you currently stand puts you at risk, simply because you could be unaware of a potential problem.

Age. Even if you take your multivitamins, exercise regularly, and are in better shape than you were in your 20s, your age is still a risk factor. Diabetes screening recommendations start age 45 and stroke screenings are recommended for those ages 50+ (or age 40 with risk factors), so just because you “feel” healthy does not mean you aren’t at risk.

Diabetes. Right now, 29.1 million Americans have diabetes, and 86 million have pre-diabetes. Diabetes currently has no cure, but can cause serious complications including eye disease, kidney failure and nerve damage. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services showed that 25% of Americans suffer from multiple chronic conditions, which means that people diagnosed with diabetes are more likely to suffer from atherosclerosis or another condition.

Some of these risk factors, such as increasing age and family history are out of your control, which is where preventive health can play an important role. Regular checkups and screenings are keys to early detection and successful treatment of serious health conditions.

Since our inception in 1993, we have screened nearly eight million people, and currently screen nearly one million people each year at over 16,000 screening events nationwide. Through this experience, we often identify serious health issues and have helped save thousands of lives. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality preventive screenings at affordable rates.




Your Guide to Health Screenings

October 30, 2014

You take care of the filter in your furnace, getting the oil changed in your car, but do you pay enough attention to your most important machine – your body?

Regular checkups and screenings are keys to early detection and successful treatment of serious health conditions. However, remembering what to get checked for and when can be difficult. So we’ve put together a list of basic and essential health screenings that you should schedule with a healthcare provider, along with the basics on why you need them.

 

Health Screenings

Eye Exam: This is necessary for everyone about once every two years. The American Optometric Association recommends an eye exam once every 2-3 for ages 19-40, once every 1-2 years for ages 41-60, and once every year after that.

Dental Exam: Another obvious screening, but sometimes it’s easy to forget to make your appointment once every 6 to 12 months. It’s important for your dentist to examine not only your teeth, but to check for gum disease, oral cancer, and issues with your bite.

Blood Pressure Screening: Recommended for everyone age 18 and older, once a year. Screening for high blood pressure is simple, yet important. High blood pressure increases the risk for stroke, heart failure, heart attack and kidney damage.

Pap Test/Pelvic Exam: Pelvic exams and pap tests detect cancerous and pre-cancerous changes in the cervix, and recommended for women ages 21 to 65 once every three years. The frequency of screenings may be reduced by your health care provider bases on your results.

High Cholesterol Screening: Recommended for adults starting at the age of 20, and rescreenings should occur once every five years. Detecting and managing high cholesterol is extremely important. High cholesterol can cause plaque build-up in artery walls, raising the risk for atherosclerosis. Based on your health history, your health care provider make screenings more often.

Mammogram: New screening guidelines call for women of average-risk to be screened once every 2 years starting at age 50 to age 75, to detect breast cancer.

Diabetes: Screening for type 2 diabetes is recommended for anyone over the age of 45, or adults with blood pressure higher than 135/80. The screening checks fasting levels of blood glucose. Individuals who have high cholesterol, obesity, and family history should be screened more often.

Colon and Rectal Cancer Screenings: Colorectal cancer screenings are recommended for everyone of average risk starting at age 50. Studies show that regular screenings improve survival rates and reduce the number of CRC-related deaths. If you have family history, your doctor may recommend a different testing or screening schedule.

Prostate Cancer Screening:  A prostate cancer screening is recommended once a year for men starting at age 50, and earlier for patients at a high risk. Screenings detect high levels of prostate-specific antigen which may indicate prostate cancer.

Bone Density Test: Bone density screenings are used to detect osteoporosis and are recommended for women ages 65 and older, once a year, unless they are at high risk. Screenings are used to detect loss of bone density and mass which can help in early detection and treatment.

Heart Disease Screening: Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Heart disease screenings measure risk factors such as high cholesterol, C-reactive protein levels, glucose levels and high blood pressure.

 

Life Line Screening

At Life Line Screening, our mission is to make people aware of unrecognized health problems and encourage them to seek follow-up care with their personal physician. We are the leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings in the United States. We use advanced ultrasound equipment (the same as the equipment found in hospitals) and highly trained healthcare professionals perform our screenings. Board-certified physicians review each result to ensure the highest standards.

Since our inception in 1993, we have screened nearly eight million people, and currently screen nearly one million people each year at over 16,000 screening events nationwide. Through this experience, we often identify serious health issues and have helped save thousands of lives. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality preventive screenings at affordable rates.




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