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Life Line Screening Customer Explains Why She is a Fan of Life Line Screening

Joelle Reizes - October 31, 2013



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Grace Carswell (pictured) formerly underwent the carotid artery screening provided by Life Line Screening. The screening uses noninvasive ultrasound technology to create images of the carotid arteries and measure blood flow through them. The purpose is to detect potential plaque buildup.

“I have been a fan of Life Line Screening since I heard about [it] awhile back,” said Carswell in a statement. “I think it is the bargain of the century and can be a lifesaver for so many.”

Because of this personal experience, Grace was dismayed by a recent Kaiser Health News story that aired on NPR.

The story focused on community-based screening and cast a negative light on the services of Life Line Screening. The story included a number of misrepresented facts and misleading assertions, and Life Line Screening Reviewing Physician Lisa Sheppard, MD, set the record straight in a recent blog post titled “Community-Based Screenings: An Accurate and Affordable Option for Preventive Health.”

“The argument that screenings would lead to a greater likelihood of a stroke because a patient who discovered they were at risk would then initiate a conversation with their physician about the best treatment approach, and may actually be treated, sells short the physician, the patient and the fundamental value of prevention,” Sheppard said in the post.

Carswell immediately posted on Facebook and the LLS blog, supporting Dr. Sheppard, and further explaining her opinion.

“This article says you can do more harm than good by checking for plaque in the arteries. I cannot believe they tell you not to check for this,” she said. “I did and [they] found a mild buildup, so now I changed my diet to prevent further buildup and hopefully reverse it.”

One of the points in the Kaiser Health News article mentioned that many of the tests performed by Life Line Screening are included on a list of procedures healthy people should avoid, as advised by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

“Don’t screen on healthy people? Why would you wait until you are near death?” Carswell commented. “Life Line Screenings are a very inexpensive (less than a tenth of the cost in a hospital for the same thing) way to get this information which could be life-saving if you use the results to change your lifestyle,” she added.

Are you a former Life Line Screening customer? What was your screening experience like? Please share with us in the comments below.




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3 Comments so far
  1. Larna Keane - November 1, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    This is my way of personally tracking risks. I have always received appropriate treatment and respect. Life Line Screening is affordable and professional and each year it supports my current good health. If I receive a negative report then that will have to be dealt with. I also appreciate mailings of information to help me with guidelines of better diet and use of my body. Thank you.

  2. Susan Alligood - November 6, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    I don’t know if I am in the right section for comments but I would like to send a very special thank-you to the woman at Life Line Screening who tested me here in Baton Rouge last year. I felt great at the time of my testing but decided to do a few extra tests due to my mother’s heart problems, etc… She tested me for PAD and found some problems in my right leg. Long story short, I went to my family doctor and was immediately tested and sent to a vascular doctor for surgery. I was told I could have had a stroke at any moment. The surgeon removed the plaque and I am doing fine. Remember, I had no pain or symptoms to alarm me of this condition. My heartfelt thanks go out to this woman and all the people at Lifeline. They are truly a God send!

  3. Joelle Reizes - November 7, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Larna and Susan, thank you both for sharing your stories and experiences with Life Line Screening. Your personal stories are a testament to the benefits our screenings provide, and we are happy you’ve chosen Life Line Screening as your partner in preventive health!


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Joelle Reizes

I am the Communications Director at Life Line Screening with more than 15 years of experience in the field of health communications, much of it specifically working with health screening programs. Read More.

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