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How You Can Prevent a Heart Attack

October 23, 2014

New research from Sweden proves that almost four out of five heart attacks can be prevented simply by following a healthy lifestyle. After following 20,000 men for 11 years, they discovered that those who did not smoke, and maintained several healthy habits, reduced their heart attack rates by 86%.

 

Reducing Your Risk

The first step in preventive health is to know your personal risk for a particular disease or condition. Consulting with your primary care physician and participating in health screenings are recommended. Screenings for heart disease check for coronary artery disease, which is the leading cause of heart attacks.

Healthy habits can make all of the difference in preventing a heart attack. In the study, men who had the lowest risk did not smoke, walked or biked for at least 40 minutes per day, took part in exercise for at least one hour per week, limited alcohol intake to one or two glasses per day, and followed a diet high in fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, reduced-fat dairy, whole grains and fish.

Some risk factors such as age, family history and gender also contribute to your risk of heart disease and a heart attack, but researchers from this study found that even modifying small habits can drastically decrease your risk.

  • Quitting smoking can reduce heart attack rate by up to 36%
  • Following a healthy diet with moderate alcohol consumption can lower heart attack risk by 35%

 

Heart Disease in the United States

Heart disease is still the number one cause of death in the United States according to the CDC. If just half of the population followed a healthy lifestyle, up to 40% of heart attacks could be prevented.

While it’s not shocking or new news that a healthy lifestyle can prevent heart attacks, the numbers are starting to tell a powerful story. To start a plan for yourself, meet with your doctor to set up personal goals for diet and exercise. If you have other risk factors including high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes, medications can also play an important role in prevention.




Recommended Health Screenings for Women

July 17, 2014

Add a reminder to your calendar to make an appointment for a regular checkup. With many people handling completely full schedules, it’s easy to forget to make it to the doctor, especially when you seem to feel pretty healthy.

With health screenings readily available, there isn’t a reason to not take advantage of this option. If you are healthy, it gives you reassurance about a list of health conditions that you do not have to worry about, and if not, health screenings work to detect conditions in early stages so that you can take action with your doctor.

 

Health Screenings for Women

In addition to getting routine checkups, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has these recommended screening guidelines for women.

Blood Pressure Screening: For all women, it is recommended that you be tested at least every 2 years even if your blood pressure levels are normal. If your blood pressure levels are slightly elevated, the screening should be performed every year. If your blood pressure is above 140/90 discuss treatment with your doctor.

Bone Mineral Density (Osteoporosis) ScreeningFor women ages 50 – 64 discuss with your doctor or nurse if you are at risk for osteoporosis. Risk factors include postmenopausal, thin frame, diet low in calcium, smoking, physical inactivity, heavy alcohol consumption and race – Caucasians, Asian Americans and Hispanics have an increased risk. Women ages 65+ should be screened and discuss repeat testing.

Breast Cancer Screening: Women under the age of 50 should discuss being screened with their doctor, since official recommendations do not start until after. Starting at age 50, women should be screened every 2 years.

Cervical Cancer Screening: Get a pap test every 3 years if you are age 21+. At the age of 30, the screening recommendation changes to get a Pap and HPV test together at 5 year intervals.

High Cholesterol Screening: Starting at the age of 20, women should have their cholesterol tested regularly. High cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease, which is the number one cause of death in women.

Colorectal Cancer Screening: Starting at the age of 50, women should be screened for colorectal cancer. Screening intervals depend on individual risk factors.

Diabetes Screening: It is recommended for women to be screened for diabetes if blood pressure is higher than 135/80. Women are at an increased risk at age 45+.

 

Screenings from Life Line Screening

At Life Line Screening we believe in the power of prevention, and have designed our screenings to detect early onset of serious conditions. For specific disease risk factors, screening and information about our services, visit our website [www.lifelinescreening.com].




Health Screenings Essential for Men

July 3, 2014

Men don’t like to stop and ask for directions, and even more than that, they don’t enjoy visiting the doctor. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, men are 24% less likely to visit the doctor’s office than women. Yet, they are 28% more likely to be hospitalized for congestive heart failure and 32% more likely to need care for diabetes complications.

So how do you prevent these issues from happening? The answer is health screenings. Prostate, colon and skin cancer are common diseases among men, as is heart disease and diabetes. The good news is that health screenings are available to detect these issues early. Knowing risk factors and screening guidelines can assist men in preventing and detecting these diseases while they are in early stages, making them more treatable and before any complications arise.

 

Health Screenings for Men

 

Prostate Cancer Screening: Starting at the age of 50, men should speak with their doctor about the potential positives and negatives of prostate cancer screenings. The Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test measures the blood level of PSA – the higher the level the more likely it is that cancer has developed. Risk factors include age (6 in 10 cases of prostate cancer are found in men age 65+), ethnicity (African American and Caribbean men have higher risk), family history, obesity, smoking, toxic exposure and inflammation of the prostate.

Blood Pressure Screening: Simple, painless and extremely important. High blood pressure is often called the “silent killer” since it has no apparent symptoms. High blood pressure puts men at an increased risk for stroke, heart attack and other serious conditions. Often simple lifestyle changes like exercise and following a healthy diet are enough to lower blood pressure levels, if not, there are medications available.

High Cholesterol Screening: High cholesterol also has no apparent symptoms, but it can be detected through a simple blood test. If cholesterol levels are normal, this screening is recommended at least every 5 years for men. However, if cholesterol levels are above normal, men should get a cholesterol screening yearly.

Colon Cancer Screening: Men should start to get screened for colon cancer at age 50. Earlier testing is recommended if a close relative has had colorectal polyps or cancer, Crohn’s disease or genetic syndromes.

Skin Cancer Check: Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the United States. Limiting sun exposure and receiving a regular check-up from a dermatologist can help prevent the cancer from appearing and allow for early treatment.

Diabetes Screening: A diabetes (glucose) screening is recommended for men starting at age 45 and should be repeated every three years. This screening is performed by testing fasting glucose levels in the blood. Many people live with type 2 diabetes for years before they realize that they have it, and some only know once they suffer from one of its known complications including nerve and eye damage, heart disease and kidney disease.

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.

Have you had preventive health screenings before? Let us know how they’ve benefited you in the comments.




Win a FREE Stroke Screening During National Stroke Awareness Month

May 1, 2014

Today is the first day of May, so at Life Line Screening we are kicking off National Stroke Awareness Month in a BIG way.

Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States, making it a serious condition. Studies show that almost 80% of all strokes are preventable and nearly 85% of all strokes that occur show NO warning signs.

So to promote National Stroke Awareness Month and to raise awareness, we are giving away five stroke screenings for FREE. Want to increase your chances of winning? Share the infographic below,  follow us on social media and refer a friend – you’ll earn extra chances to win a free stroke screening package. Winners will be announced in June.
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High Blood Pressure and Stroke Risk

April 24, 2014

A new study conducted by a research team shows that even blood pressure that is slightly higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as high blood pressure, can increase the risk for stroke.

Normal blood pressure is 120/80 mmHg and the threshold for high blood pressure is 140/90 mmHg. Blood pressure numbers that reside in between the two can have a negative impact on health.

 

Blood Pressure Study

Nineteen studies involving more than 19,000 participants were conducted to study the effects of blood pressure and stroke. The findings of the study showed that participants who had what was classified as prehypertension were 66% more like likely to have a stroke when compared to those with a normal blood pressure. In addition, close to 20% of strokes that occurred over the course of the study were suffered by participants who had prehypertension.

The section of participants who had prehypertension were classified into two different groups, high (130/85 mmHg) and low (lower than the high but above the norm). Those in the high group were 95% more likely to suffer a stroke than those with normal blood pressure. Participants with low prehypertension were 44% more likely to have a stroke than those with blood pressure at normal levels.

 

Blood Pressure and Stroke Prevention

The Center for Disease Control states that 1 in 3 Americans have prehypertension, so not only preventing stroke but also prehypertension is extremely important.

The best way to prevent high blood pressure is by following a healthy diet and exercise plan. Following a diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, as well as being low in saturated fats and cholesterol has the ability to lower blood pressure by as much as 14mmHg.

The same goes for preventing stroke, since high blood pressure, high cholesterol, physical inactivity, obesity and poor diet are all risk factors.

If you are worried about high blood pressure and stroke we offer health screenings for both. Check our stroke page and high blood pressure page  for more information on who should get a screening, how often they should be performed, and a full list of risk factors.  




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