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Life Line Screening Mourns the Passing of Dr. J. Crayton Pruitt, Former National Medical Director

admin - October 12, 2011

Life Line Screening was saddened by the news that Dr. J. Crayton Pruitt, 79, former Life Line Screening National Medical Director passed away Saturday, October 8, 2011, from a heart attack.

As written in the St. Petersburg Times, Dr. Pruitt was a busy, dedicated and innovative thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon who also donated millions to Florida area colleges after receiving a heart transplant himself in 1995.

Besides performing surgeries, Dr. Pruitt was the inventor of two medical devices: The Pruitt-Inahara shunt, which allows blood to the brain while arteries are being cleaned, and an irrigation embolectomy catheter that flushes out blood clots and arteries in the lower extremities.

Dr. Pruitt also wrote a book entitled, A Crusade for Stroke Prevention, and was determined to help reduce the number of strokes. This same determination is true of his work with Life Line Screening as well.

We found a quote from June 27, 2007, in the Amherst Bee where, as the National Medical Director, he talked about the importance of health screenings: “About half of the persons with significant carotid stenosis do not show any symptoms before they have a major stroke,” said Dr. J. Crayton Pruitt of Life Line. “The stroke itself is the first symptom. We cannot wait for symptoms to occur before we diagnose and treat.”

Dr. Pruitt was also mentioned in allBusiness in August 11, 1999, when as a representative for Life Line Screening, he spoke about how the best way to avoid stroke is through prevention.

Life Line Screening sends our deepest sympathies to his family.

You can read St. Petersburg Times article on Dr. Pruitt in full detail at:


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