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Life Line Screening “Goes Red” for American Heart Month

February 6, 2013

The staff at Life Line Screening proudly supported National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 1 by “going red” and wearing red clothes, accessories and shoes throughout the office. As an initial kick-off to American Heart Month, Wear Red Day is a national event that simply asks people to wear red.

Life Line Screening “Goes Red” for American Heart MonthHeart disease remains the number one killer of Americans and a major threat to the health and well-being of people everywhere. The Centers for Disease Control  state that only 27 percent of survey respondents in 2005 knew all major symptoms of heart attack and when to call 9-1-1.

By understanding risk factors and identifying them early, individuals can lower their chances of ever suffering a heart attack. The most common risk factors for heart disease include:

  • Family history
  • Increased age
  • Smoking
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Physical inactivity
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Elevated C-reactive protein

You can contribute to the overall goal of Wear Red Day and American Heart Month by spreading awareness of the major risk factors for heart disease. If you or someone you love has some of the risk factors listed above, consider scheduling a preventive screening  for cardiovascular issues. These screenings are designed to identify a heart problem before it turns into something catastrophic, like a heart attack.

To see the full photo album of our staff sporting red on Wear Red Day, visit our Facebook page.




New P.A.D. Guidelines Lower Recommended Age for ABI Screening

October 10, 2011

what to expect peripheral artery disease screeningOn October 3, the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and the American Heart Association (AHA) released updated guidelines intended to better manage peripheral arterial disease (PAD).

One of the more significant recommendations includes lowering the age at which ABI screenings for peripheral arterial disease should be performed as an effective strategy for diagnosing more at-risk people. Previously at 70 years of age and older, the new recommendation is now 65 years of age and older.

The reason for the new recommendations is explained by the ACCF/AHA in their October 3 press release, printed by Forbes, in which they talk about peripheral artery disease as an underdiagnosed disease that is one of the most common causes of preventable heart attack, stroke, leg amputations and death. The new guide, then, is intended to help the medical community on decision-making related to PAD and improve patient outcomes.

This press release can be downloaded and read in full detail at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/larryhusten/2011/10/03/guidelines-for-peripheral-artery-disease-updated/

Life Line Screening Response to the ACCF/AHA’s ABI Screening Recommendation

While the recommendations now have been lowered to 65, Life Line Screening still recommends regularly checking beginning at age 50, based on the prevalence of the disease, the ease and accuracy of screening, and the fact that the risk of stroke begin to double every decade after age 55. 

Our position stems from our position as the largest vascular screening company in the world. It provides us with a unique vantage point on the utility of screening, and our data confirms our belief that screening should begin at this earlier age. We applaud the new guidelines and commend the committee for lowering the age, but recommend that our customers begin a decade earlier when the disease can be caught at more  modest stages.

Important Note for Diabetes Patients from the American Diabetes Association

According to the American Diabetes Association, “Due to the high estimated prevalence of PAD in patients with diabetes, a screening ABI should be performed in patients greater than 50 years of age who have diabetes.” This recommendation can be found in the ADA’s Clinical Diabetes journals at: http://clinical.diabetesjournals.org/content/22/4/181.full.

As advocates for your well-being and quality of life, we want to make sure you have all the facts and recognize the importance of staying proactive about your healthcare.

Meanwhile, if you would like view the ACCF and AHA guidelines, they are available on the P.A.D. Coalition website at: http://www.padcoalition.org/resources/guidelines.php, and will be published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology on November 1, 2011.

Do you have a personal Life Line Screening story to share? Join Life Line Screening on Facebook to share your story and help spread the word about preventive screenings and the power of prevention.




Reduce Sugar Intake to Lower Blood Pressure

May 26, 2010

An 18-month study revealed that reducing the amount of sugary drinks we intake can reduce our blood pressure: http://circ.ahajournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/CIRCULATIONAHA.109.911164v1

Now, more evidence shows that the added sugar we drink and eat is bad for us and that reducing your overall sugar intake can improve our health.

The American Heart Association notes that added sugars, such as those found in processed foods and alcohol, are implicated in obesity, high blood pressure and other risk factors for heart disease and stroke: http://www.newsroom.heart.org/index.php?s=43&item=800

This new study confirms a specific link between high blood pressure and sweetened sugary drinks, and notably, the improvement in blood pressure was seen in a group of older people who were not drinking all that much sugar to start with.

The improvement in blood pressure was small, about 1.8 points in the top number (systolic pressure) and 1.1 in the bottom number (diastolic), but this decrease was noted after only reducing intake by one can of sugary drinks a day.

In the study, sugary drinks included soda pop, fruit drinks, fruit punch, and lemonade.

Learn more about Life Line Screening at www.lifelinescreening.com.




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