Archive for the ‘Are You at Risk?’ Category
October 11, 2012
Stroke is a big deal: it affects people all over the U.S. every day. Current breaking news reveals it may be a concern for people other than just the elderly. Check out today’s top stroke news along with our infographic on Stroke Across America to learn more.
Stroke Rates Rise Among Adults Younger Than 55
Strokes aren’t just a concern for the elderly. In the United States, we’re seeing more and more strokes occurring in people under the age of 55. Why? Read the story to find out.
Tomatoes Linked to Lower Stroke Risk
A new study examined the effect increased consumption of tomatoes has on stroke risk. Hear what the researchers have to say in this ABC News video and story.
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February 23, 2012
In a video by Abby Sternberg, mediamasters.tv, 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: http://vimeo.com/37175548.
Image captured from the mediamasters.tv video.
February 3, 2012
C-Reactive Protein screenings can help predict heart attack risk.
Recently, the Dr. Oz Show aired a groundbreaking show on Heart Disease in Women. One of the main elements of the show was a screening provided by Life Line Screening (and partners Northshore: Long Island Jewish Labs and Alere) for the entire studio audience. The test was for high-sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (hs-CRP), a new test that can help predict heart disease.
C-Reactive Protein provides a measure of inflammation in the body and can be done by a simple finger-stick.
As the show depicts, a normal artery is clear and blood flows through it smoothly. An artery with plaque may block blood a little bit but the blood still can still often flow. However, when the artery has plaque and also becomes inflamed, the blood can get blocked and this can lead to heart attack.
The segment is available on the Dr. Oz website at:
Life Line Screening was very pleased to provide this screening for the studio audience and urges all of our customers to watch this number one rated daytime show for important health information. Check www.doctoroz.com to learn when the show is airing in your area.
December 1, 2011
You may have heard the sad news that comedian and actor, Patrice O’Neal, died Tuesday at the young age of 41 due to complications from a stroke he had in October. The specific complications were not made clear, according to a November 30 article in the Los Angeles Times.
The article, however, did cite Dr. John M. Kennedy, director of Preventive Cardiology and Wellness at Marina Del Rey Hospital who explained that common general stroke complications can result in problems like speech impairment or sensory loss in the limbs, but may have no lasting neurological damage.
He also said that other times stroke can damage the area of the brain that controls breathing or swallowing, and brain tissue scarring can trigger seizures. Additionally, the patient could develop infections, like aspiration pneumonia, if they are bedridden.
What Could Have Caused This Stroke?
It has been reported, according to the article, that Patrice O’Neal suffered from diabetes, which is a major risk factor for stroke.
For your own information, you should also know the many other risk factors for stroke as well, including:
- Abdominal Obesity
- High Cholesterol
- High Blood Pressure
- Lack of Exercise
- Overdoing Alcohol
- Stress and Depression
- Heart Disease
Remember to get screened from a trusted health source, like your doctor or Life Line Screening. Stroke can be prevented, and when someone as young as O’Neal passes away from such a medical issue, it really reminds us how important stroke screening is.
Patrice O’Neal’s Claims to Fame
For those of you who are trying to put the name to the face, a separate November 30 Los Angeles Times article gives Patrice O’Neal’s impressive appearance list including:
- Conan O’Brien
- David Letterman
- The Opie & Anthony Show (Sirius XM)
- The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen
- Showtime and HBO
- “Arrested Development”
- “Web Junk 20” (VH1)
- “Chappelle’s Show”
- “The Office”
Pictures of Patrice O’Neal can be found in the Los Angeles Times articles below that are mentioned in this post:
November 18, 2011
One of the biggest health news items this week is the controversial recommendation by a team at the University of Colorado School of Medicine that children as young as age 9 should be screened for cholesterol as well as high blood pressure and body mass index (BMI). Then, they should be screened again between ages 17 and 21.
Of course, heart disease due to cholesterol is rare in children. However, as an article from NYDailyNews.com reports, having a poor diet during childhood can accelerate the development of atherosclerosis, also known as atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ACD), or hardening of the arteries, in their later years.
The recommendations along with diet and exercise guidelines for children and young adults ages 2 to 21 were published in the journal Pediatrics last week and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
What do you think? Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/children-young-screened-high-cholesterol-pediatrics-article-1.979030
Other newsworthy items in health include:
Getting your teeth cleaned helps vascular health! This WebMD article reports on a study, which showed that getting your teeth professionally scaled and polished to remove plaque, at least once every two years, can lower your risk of heart attack and stroke by 25% and 13% respectively. Read more at: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20111116/getting-your-teeth-cleaned-may-help-your-heart
Talk to your doctor about vitamin D and Afib. Of course vitamin D is good for you, but this PharmaceuticalBusinessReview.com article reports on a study that found too much vitamin D may cause atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat). Read more at: http://clinicaltrials.pharmaceutical-business-review.com/news/consumption-of-excess-vitamin-d-causes-atrial-fibrillation-us-study-171111
Have you ever said, “This job is killing me”? Well, it may very well be true! A Chicago ABC News “HealthBeat” report says your lack of activity on your sit-down job may be harming your health even if you work out at the gym! Read more at: http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/health&id=8434143
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