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Why is Preventive Medicine So Rare?

August 28, 2013

Study after study points to the importance of preventative medicine for healthy lives. In the United States, the preventive healthcare gap is growing, especially when compared to European nations. If the benefits of preventive medicine are so abundant and well-known, why is it so rarely emphasized?

This topic was addressed in a recent Huffington Post article titled “Disease Prevention Celebrated But Rarely Practiced.” It discusses how preventative healthcare has the ability to limit the development and severity of many health conditions, yet the problem for many medical providers is convincing the patient that taking the precautions now will result in a positive effect in the future.

This situation also touches on many psychological issues that healthcare providers must address, such as:

  1. How can you convince someone of a potential hazard when it is not currently seen or felt?
  2. How do you make a significant enough impression to a healthy individual that the health they are enjoying may not last?
  3. How do you approach chronic health conditions and mortality in a way that will encourage the appropriate behavior without causing fear, avoidance, and denial?

With a distinct lack of drama involved in preventative medicine, it’s easy for people to neglect the opportunity to fully utilize practices to ensure their chances for better health at later dates. For example, it’s much more dramatic to treat cancer than it is to prevent it from developing in the first place with a HPV vaccine.

Too often people will wait until the moment in which their symptoms become overwhelming. No longer able to handle the pain or dysfunction, and with their lifestyle or physical ability now impacted, the person is spurred to seek medical care.

So, what can be done to promote preventive medicine? Harvey Fineberg, president of the U.S. Institute of Medicine, suggests a few ways:

  • Involving employers to promote health in the workplace and provide incentives to employees to maintain healthy practices.
  • Using a policy to reinforce choices that favor disease prevention.
  • Embedding prevention in popular culture.

“Some countries have done an excellent job with preventive strategies,” said Fineberg in the Huffington Post article. “Finland dramatically reduced its burden of cardiac disease…through a concerted program focused on the major cardiac risk factors.”

Placing a higher emphasis on disease prevention can have a positive impact on health – we’ve witnessed the benefits. Life Line Screening stands behind the notion that now is the time to push preventive medicine and keep people healthier before they get sick.

Learn more about Life Line Screening now.




Benefits of Preventive Screenings for Patients and Hospitals

July 2, 2013

life line screening reviewTo provide more accountable care and improve patient outcomes, physicians and healthcare professionals aren’t solely focusing on treating patients who are sick. That expectation has shifted to include a focus on preventing patients from getting sick.

This focus on prevention in the healthcare industry benefits not only individuals and communities, it also benefits hospitals and health systems. A recent article by Becker’s Hospital Review touches on this concept of prevention among hospitals and health systems, and discusses the positive impacts that wellness screenings can have on not only the screening participant, but the hospitals and health systems that partner with Life Line Screening.

 

Positive Impact on Individuals and Communities

Two primary benefits of preventive health screenings like the ones provided by Life Line Screening include early disease detection and reduced healthcare costs. Because the purpose of a preventive screening is to detect dangerous health conditions in high-risk individuals, these screenings are a great way to take a proactive approach to an otherwise asymptomatic condition.

“The key to a successful screening program is providing the right screening to the right person at the right time,” said Chris Smith, executive vice president of sales and business development for Life Line Screening, in a Becker’s Hospital Review article.

Secondly, when a disease is detected early through a preventive health screening, there is potential for patients to experience significant healthcare savings. Treating a chronic condition that is caught early is much more affordable than treating the condition after a catastrophic event, like a heart attack or stroke, has happened.

 

Positive Impact on Hospitals and Health Systems

Preventive screenings are also beneficial for hospitals and health systems that partner with Life Line Screening. When medical facilities sponsor a preventive health screening, they can not only display their name prominently, they can also provide a directory of physicians and call-in phone lines for screening participants to use to find a care center or physician for follow-up care. These screenings have the potential to give hospitals and health systems a connection to patients.

Plus, once a patient is exposed to the hospital or health system and is therefore connected to it, he or she is more likely to return to that medical facility for healthcare in the future. This connection has the ability to create long-term patient loyalty that it otherwise might not have established.

Hospitals and health systems choose to partner with Life Line Screening for these benefits. Because these medical organizations might not have the resources and mobility to enter directly into the community to provide preventive health screenings, partnering with an organization that does have these resources can make this effort possible.

There is no doubt that prevention is now a major part of healthcare in the United States, and both patients and healthcare organizations can benefit from preventive health screenings. Patients can seek early identification of a dangerous condition and save on healthcare costs, while hospitals and health systems can have access to new patients and build patient trust and loyalty that might not have been established without a connection to the preventive health screening.

To read the full Becker’s Hospital Review article discussing the benefits of preventive health screenings with Life Line Screening, click here.




Life Line Screening C.M.O. Dr. Andrew Manganaro Addresses New FAQ

June 20, 2013

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Life Line Screening C.M.O., Dr. Andrew Manganaro MD, FACS, FACC

The FAQ section of the Life Line Screening site addresses many questions and concerns our screening participants have. We constantly strive to answer any and all questions about our preventive health screenings. That’s why we regularly update our FAQs to feature new, commonly asked questions with the answers you’re looking for.

While all screenings are reviewed by board-certified physicians who are licensed in your state, we urge all participants to share their screening results with their doctors. We include a detailed report of the health screening results within 21 days of each participant’s screening. From there, it is highly recommended that participants discuss the results with their own personal physician who can suggest the best next course of treatment.

Below, Life Line Screening Chief Medical Officer Dr. Andrew Manganaro answers a question that many physicians may be faced with after patients share their health screening results.

Q. My patient went to Life Line Screening and had 60 percent carotid stenosis. What would you do?

A. Naturally, there’s no way I can speak to the specifics of any one patient but, in general, an asymptomatic patient with a 60% carotid artery stenosis can be treated with life style modification (no smoking, diet and weight control, etc) to lower the future atherosclerotic burden as well as the appropriate use of statins and anti-platelet agents such as daily aspirin and yearly ultrasound surveillance of the carotids. Also, one should be sure that the patient has a clear understanding of the symptoms of carotid plaque embolization (TIA) such as amaurosis fugax, transient lateralized weakness or transient expressive or receptive aphasia. 

Read more frequently asked questions in our FAQ section now.




Collaboration Between Life Line Screening and Oxford University Produces Cardiovascular Disease Findings

June 19, 2013

New research developed from collaboration between Life Line Screening and Oxford University shows that certain chronic cardiovascular diseases occur an estimated 10 years earlier among men compared to women. The findings will be presented by Oxford University at the Society for Vascular Medicine 2013 Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions.

Data was collected from more than 290,000 vascular screenings performed by Life Line Screening between the years 2008 to 2012 in the U.K. and Ireland. Results from the data point to evidence that incidence rates of chronic cardiovascular conditions such as abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), the narrowing of a main artery in the neck, irregular heartbeat, and circulatory problems affecting the legs all rise with increased age. The data also shows that women tend to develop these types of conditions approximately 10 years later than men.

“We are pleased to be able to work with such a prestigious organization as University of Oxford in order to enhance the available database of research around preventable cardiovascular conditions – which represent one of the most significant and costly global health issues today,” said Dr. Andrew Manganaro, M.D., FACC, FACS, Chief Medical Officer of Life Line Screening in a press release.

Life Line Screening and the Clinical Trial Service Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit (CTSU) at Oxford University are also working together on another study that investigates the rates of and risk factors for dangerous vascular conditions. Information used for this study is also drawn from Life Line Screening’s large database of patient preventive health screening results. Findings should help determine the influence of major risk factors like smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity on “silent killers” known as vascular conditions.

“At Life Line Screening, our mission is to help patients improve their health outcomes by providing the right screening at the right time,” Dr. Manganaro said. “Leveraging our screening data to further the research of leading institutions like Oxford is yet another way we can advance this goal and ultimately drive better population health.”

To read more about the collaboration between Life Line Screening and Oxford University along with the research findings, view the press release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/rxtimes/20130613005215/en/Life-Line-Screening-Oxford-University-Present-Preliminary.

Learn more about the preventive health screenings provided by Life Line Screening to see how a proactive approach to health can benefit you in more ways than one. Identify risk of disease before it becomes catastrophic or find the peace of mind you deserve today.

 




Happy Memorial Day!

May 27, 2013

Today is the last Monday in May – meaning it’s Memorial Day. Previously known as Decoration Day, this federal holiday commemorates all men and women who have died during military service for the United States.

Whatever your plans may be today, it’s important to remember the real reason we celebrate Memorial Day. What will you do to remember the fallen men and women of the United States military this year? Whether it’s keeping them in your thoughts throughout the day, flying an American flag in your yard, or visiting a national cemetery, you can show respect for the military members who gave their lives for our country.

Keeping yourself healthy is another great way to show your appreciation for the sacrifice of fallen military members. You can take advantage of a preventive health screening to identify risk of serious health conditions like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, or osteoporosis. Gain the peace of mind you deserve, and have a great Memorial Day!

 

Happy Memorial Day from Life Line Screening

 




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