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Friday Roundup: Memory, Carotid Arteries, Hospital Stays for the Elderly, and PAD Under 50 in the News

March 16, 2012

Some articles for the 40 and above crowd. Read Friday Roundup news articles and stay proactive about your health!

 personal stroke screening story

Going to school keeps your brain functions fresh

The New York Times reports that more elderly people are heading back to school. Some are doing this based on reports that keeping the brain stimulated may prevent or put off Alzheimer’s. According to the article, working to retain memory keeps the blood, oxygen, and sugar pumping through the brain, and it does in fact help memory.
Read article in full detail at: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/08/business/retirementspecial/retirees-are-using-education-to-exercise-an-aging-brain.html?_r=1

 

Memory problems might be a sign of carotid artery disease

Patients with substantial carotid-artery stenosis (narrowing) and no history of stroke or transient ischemic attack still suffer consequences of significant cognitive impairments, compared with people without carotid artery disease. Read the article in full detail at: http://www.familypracticenews.com/news/more-top-news/single-view/asymptomatic-carotid-disease-impairs-cognitive-function/c9c5a6b617.html

 

A positive change regarding hospital stays for elderly patients

The Daily Herald reports that hospitals are helping to make sure that elderly patients are leaving as healthy as they entered by getting them up and walking. “We want to preserve their independence,” Dina Lipowich, Northwest Community Hopsital’s head of nursing and geriatrics says in the article. “Gone are the days when we needed to stay in bed to get better.” Read the article in full detail at: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120312/entlife/703129979/

 peripheral arterial disease screening

Peripheral arterial disease is not just for the over 50 crowd

An ABCNews.com local affiliate out of Fresno reports that, “While about 1 in 20 people over 50 have PAD, it can strike younger adults as well.” Read this about a 41-year-old with peripheral arterial disease, a disease which the article says has been called, “the most common disease that nobody’s ever heard of,” in full detail at:  http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=news/health/health_watch&id=8567228




No Way! Young Adults at Risk for Atherosclerosis (Clogged Arteries)?!

October 26, 2011

This post reminds us that good artery health is not only necessary for the more mature to stay on top of but it is also important for the young. Share this post with the ones you love today…

Ever tell a seemingly fit, young person that they should go ahead and enjoy eating whatever they want while they’re still young?  Are you a young adult who can’t wait to live it up at college by eating fast food on the run and drinking it up with your friends every weekend?

Think again!

Researchers at the University of Quebec worked with 168 volunteers aged 18-35 who had no known risk factors for atherosclerosis. Such risk factors include:

  • Family history of heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • High blood cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity

The study, presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, found that 48% of these volunteers had the symptoms of atherosclerosis, including:

  • Greater waist circumference
  • Greater visceral fat covering the internal organs within the chest and abdomen
  • Signs of blood vessel thickening

Again, this is despite the fact that these volunteers did not meet the clinical definition of obesity, which is determined by weight and body mass index.

The meaning of this study is that for this segment of young adult volunteers, the chance of having a heart attack and stroke in the future is a strong possibility, and age could still play a factor for the rest of these volunteers. We must face the facts: Too many people die from heart attack and stroke, and the risks can start at a young age!

So is there good news? Absolutely!

Not only does atherosclerosis take time to build up, it can be reversed. As such, it is obviously never too late to begin reducing your risk for heart disease and stroke by staying proactive about your health.

young adults should exercise to prevent atherosclerosisTo start, do the following:

  • Get proper nutrition
  • Exercise to maintain a healthy weight
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Control blood pressure
  • Maintain good cholesterol levels

Young or mature, making these lifestyle changes today and sticking to them can help reverse atherosclerosis.

For a little nudge in the healthy direction, why not sign up for the FREE Life Line Screening health E-Newsletter today so you can get healthy living tips every month.

For those who are 40 and over, make sure to get your heart disease and stroke screenings in order for you and your doctor to have a marker for your overall cardiovascular health.

Live healthy no matter what your age!

Information in this post was taken from the following article resources from MailOnline.com (a UK publication) and Today.com:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2053090/The-new-health-ticking-timebomb-Young-adults-picture-health-risk-clogged-arteries.html

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/45021964/

Photo courtesy of photostock / FreeDigitalPhotos.net




Dr. Oz Talks Stroke and Carotid Arteries

October 20, 2011

Every 45 seconds, someone has a stroke. Knowing the risks and taking preventive measures, however, can help you stay on top of your health and avoid stroke. As Life Line Screening believes, such is the Power of Prevention.

dr oz talks strokeIn a recent The Dr. Oz Show segment, Dr. Oz explained how a stroke happens using a really easy-to-understand animation and talked about what causes stroke for most people. Dr. Oz also demonstrated how and why a doctor listens to your carotid arteries.

carotid artery screening to help prevent strokeThen, Dr. Oz showed his audience how a carotid ultrasound screening, identical to that which Life Line Screening provides, uses sound waves to show blood flow through the arteries. He also displayed actual ultrasound images to show what it looks like when an artery becomes clogged.

Life Line Screening thought that this The Dr. Oz Show segment should be shared with you! Please watch today. Segments can be accessed at:

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/life-cartoid-artery-ultrasound-pt-1

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/life-cartoid-artery-ultrasound-pt-2

Remember your risks for stroke:

• High Blood Pressure
• Family History
• Smoking
• Diabetes
• High Cholesterol
• Heavy Alcohol Use
• Kidney Disease
• Aging
• Heart Disease

And, get your carotid artery screening scheduled today! Please “Tweet” or “Like” this post to spread the word.




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.




Cardiovascular Disease is the Leading Cause of Death Globally

August 8, 2011

Did you know that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one cause of death globally? According to information from the World Health Organization it is.

In fact, the World Health Organization reports that an estimated 17.1 million people died from cardiovascular diseases in 2004, with 7.2 million of the deaths being due to coronary heart disease and 5.7 million due to stroke. These numbers represent 29% of deaths globally. And by 2030, they estimate that deaths due to cardivascular disease will reach 23.6 million, with the majority of these deaths being largely the result of coronary heart disease and stroke.

If you are getting confused over all the disease names, here is some explanation:

Coronary heart disease and stroke-causing cerebrovascular disease are both part of a group of cardiovascular diseases, or disorders of the heart and blood vessels. Following is the list of cardiovascular diseases straight from the World Health Organization’s fact sheet:

  • coronary heart disease – disease of the blood vessels supplying the heart muscle
  • cerebrovascular disease – disease of the blood vessels supplying the brain
  • peripheral arterial disease – disease of blood vessels supplying the arms and legs 
  • deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism – blood clots in the leg veins, which can dislodge and move to the heart and lungs
  • rheumatic heart disease – damage to the heart muscle and heart valves from rheumatic fever, caused by streptococcal bacteria
  • congenital heart disease – malformations of heart structure existing at birth

Bottom line, these disorders can put you at a higher risk for heart attack and stroke, and more often than not, the root cause is a build-up of fatty deposits in the blood vessels.

prevent heart disease

A healthy diet goes a long way in preventing heart disease.

You know what else? You can help prevent heart disease and stroke risk factors by:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Not smoking

In fact, the World Health Organization states that, “Behavioural risk factors are responsible for about 80% of coronary heart disease and cerebrovascular disease” and many times there are no symptoms. Read the World Health Organization’s fact sheet on cardiovascular disease at: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs317/en/index.html

Prevention and Control Programs are Needed

The World Health Organization recognizes that there is a need for programs aimed at preventing cardiovascular disease. Until then, Life Line Screening continues to screen in the US and the UK for many of the diseases on the cardiovascular disease list, including:

  • Cholesterol screening (not in all states)
  • Carotid artery screening
  • Peripheral arterial disease screening
  • High blood pressure screening (not in all states)
  • Elevated C-reactive protein screening
  • High glucose screening

These screenings can help determine your risk before a heart disease or stroke occurs. Sign up for a screening today at http://www.lifelinescreening.com/




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