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Posts Tagged ‘cardiovascular disease prevention’

Preventive Screenings in Action: Changing People’s Lives for the Better

February 5, 2013

If you follow our blog and our frequent updates on Life Long Health, you probably know how often we stress proactive lifestyles and healthy choices. Those of us at Life Line Screening firmly believe in the power of prevention. If you have the ability to take action and make yourself aware of the state of your health, would you?

A recent blog post from one of our cardiovascular screening participants reveals how important taking a proactive stance to health can be. In his blog, Charlie Streisel details his experience with Life Line Screening and the road it has led him down, along with reasons to strive for a healthy, active lifestyle no matter what age you may be.

“I just retired from teaching and my wife and I [had a screening done] almost two years ago,” Charlie told us. “There was a minor issue in my left carotid at the time. Maybe four months ago, I went back to follow up and there was a significant issue in my left carotid. I’m extremely active, I’m probably the healthiest person I know…so this was a major setback for me. I just went to be careful.”

Charlie explains in his blog how after following up with his physician and undergoing further diagnostic testing, a vascular surgeon told him his left carotid artery was “severely restricted” and required surgery.

The blogger showed no symptoms prior to undergoing a cardiovascular screening, but had a seriously restricted carotid artery that could have led to a stroke if not identified. He is grateful for his experience at Life Line Screening because it found something his doctors had not.

“If I hadn’t [gone to Life Line Screening], I probably would’ve had a stroke,” Charlie said. “I’ve been to my family physician before, and they didn’t check my artery because they generally don’t check the neck. They don’t look for that.”

Life Line Screening is dedicated to helping make people aware of unrecognized health problems and encouraging them to seek follow-up care from a physician. Not only do we urge all individuals to practice prevention with healthy diets and physical activity, we urge all individuals with disease risk factors to learn more about what preventive health screenings can offer. Our caring medical professionals are here to make your journey towards health as simple and stress-free as possible.

“The staff was friendly and professional,” Charlie said, “and I was in and out relatively quickly. It was non-invasive and a fast procedure.”

Take your health into your own hands. Become proactive with your health so a dangerous condition can be identified before it becomes catastrophic and life-altering.

Read the full blog post by Charlie Streisel here: http://streisel.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/getting-older-the-right-way/




Top Men’s Health Risks, Flu Vaccines and Heart Disease, Benefits of Vitamin D

November 16, 2012

 

Top Men’s Health Risks, Flu Vaccines and Heart Disease | Life Line ScreeningTop Health Risks for Men Over 40

Our focus for much of November has been on Men’s Health. We know that risk factors like smoking cigarettes, unhealthy eating and not exercising are frequent habits that can lead to the development of ailments and conditions. But did you know that being single can be damaging to a man’s health? 

Activities like spending too much time using electronics (watching TV, using the Internet, using a smartphone) can lead to increased risk of certain health conditions. Another big risk is inadequate use of sunscreen, since men tend to be outside working or playing sports more often than women are. And yes, even being single can impact a man’s health.

To read more about these top health risks for men over age 40 and exactly how they raise risk of disease, view this link: http://health.yahoo.net/articles/mens-health/photos/7-top-health-risks-men-over-40#0 

 

Are Flu Vaccines Good for the Heart?

New research shows that flu vaccines may be good for more than just preventing the flu. They may also benefit the heart.

Results from two studies show that of heart patients, those who get the flu vaccination have lower risk of heart attack and stroke as well as fewer instances of irregular heart rhythms, like atrial fibrillation, the WebMD article states.

Although the studies were small, researchers are hoping to repeat the studies with more participants and more substantial proof. Learn more about how a cardiovascular disease screening from Life Line Screening can benefit you.

To read more about these studies and the specific findings, view this link: http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/news/20121026/flu-vaccines-heart

 

Immune Benefits of Vitamin D: Real or Not?

Recent news has plastered the sunshine vitamin with a reputation of being ineffective in reducing incidence of the common cold. However, studies show the health benefits of vitamin D should not be overlooked.

“The health relationships examined, including immune response, were either not supported by adequate evidence to establish cause and effect, or the conflicting nature of the available evidence could not be used to link health benefits to particular levels of intake of vitamin D…with any level of confidence,” this Nutra Ingredients USA article states.

To read more from the article on vitamin D’s immune benefits, click here: http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Vitamin-D-s-immune-benefits-Cold-flu-and-beyond/?c=I4yCUtO7kH9yRR%252BMuY99Jw%253D%253D&utm_source=Newsletter_Subject&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletter%252BSubject

 

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Give the Gift of Staying Stroke-Free to Your Loved Ones

November 15, 2012


Give the Gift of Staying Stroke-Free to Your Loved Knowing that 4 out of 5 strokes are preventable, it’s heartbreaking to see someone you love suffer one. What if there was a way to make sure your family and friends never experience a stroke?

Life Line Screening’s “AWish4U” campaign allows you to give the gift of staying stroke-free to any of your loved ones who have not yet been screened. By urging all of your friends and family to get a stroke screening, we can all start a movement to Stay Stroke Free.

 

Are Your Loved Ones at Risk for Stroke?

Men and women of all ages have strokes. In fact, every 40 seconds someone suffers a stroke. Certain risk factors, some controllable and some not, can increase the likelihood of having a stroke. It is recommended that anyone 50 or older be screened for stroke, because most strokes occur in people over this age.

Other risk factors include:

  • Age
  • Gender (males have an increased risk)
  • Family history of stroke
  • Race (African Americans are at an increased risk)
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Poor diet
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Physical inactivity
  • High cholesterol levels

 

Signs of Stroke

If your loved ones are at increased risk of stroke, do they know its warning signs? Would they be able to identify the threat of an oncoming stroke if it occurred? Being educated on the symptoms of stroke is one preventable method we can all work to improve.

Stroke warning signs often include:

  • Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arms or legs, particularly on one side of the body
  • Sudden loss of speech or trouble understanding speech
  • Sudden unexplained memory loss
  • Sudden dimness or loss of vision in one eye
  • Sudden onset of double vision
  • Sudden severe, acute headache
  • Sudden dizziness or loss of balance

To help lower the number of people impacted by stroke, Life Line Screening is giving away 500 FREE* Stay Stroke Free screening packages, which include screenings for the three leading causes of stroke: carotid artery blockages, atrial fibrillation and high blood pressure.

For eligibility for a free stroke screening, participants must be first-time customers. To forward to your friends and family, access a detailed message on these free stroke screenings or call 877-557-4438 and mention Priority Code: AWISH4U to schedule a screening.*

Together, we can reduce the incidence of stroke. Please share this with your loved ones today.

*Scheduling of a free stroke screening is on a first come first serve basis. Offer valid for first time customers only.




World Heart Federation Provides Heart Risk Insight

October 17, 2012

Concern about heart health and risks associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) seem to be never-ending. Heart disease remains the number one killer in the world, and it’s impact has touched almost all of us in some way.

The World Heart Federation, an organization that strives to “lead the global fight against heart disease and stroke”, released this fascinating infographic with statistics and facts on the global epidemic that is cardiovascular disease. It states that 17.3 million deaths occur worldwide every year from CVD.

After the shock of these facts wear off, the need for preventive action steps in. With simple lifestyle changes like healthier diets, more physical activity and less smoking, we can all do our part to decrease heart disease risk.

Other preventive measures for heart disease include things like health screenings specifically designed to identify a problem before it becomes a serious issue like heart attack or stroke. Life Line Screening offers preventive health screenings for both heart disease and stroke, along with other health conditions. Learn more about how these health screenings work, then schedule yours today.

World Heart Day Infographic




5 Sunscreen Truths Uncovered, Anxiety and Stroke Risk, Sit Less to Live Longer

August 10, 2012

Friday Roundup:

 

The Burning Truth: 5 Sunscreen Myths Busted

Summer’s not over yet and the sun’s rays are still at their highest intensity of the year. Have you been protecting yourself with sunscreen lately? Even if you answered yes, that doesn’t mean you’re covered. Below, we debunk some of the most common sunscreen myths so you can get through the rest of summer with healthy, happy skin.

1. All sunscreens protect against skin cancer. 

Even though all sunscreens are made to prevent sunburn, not all of them prevent skin cancer. Broad-spectrum sunscreens with SPF of 30 or higher are the ones you should look for, because they shield your skin from both UVA and UVB rays, instead of just one.

2. Sunscreen never expires

The FDA mandates the strength of every sunscreen last at least three years. After that, it might not work as well. Check the expiration date on the bottle to see when it might weaken.

3. Sunscreen causes health problems

Actually, the American Academy of Dermatology and the Skin Cancer Foundation say that sunscreen is 100 percent safe and effective. So don’t believe any of the rumors out there about harmful effects of sunscreen.

4. One sunburn can’t hurt you long-term

One bad, blistering sunburn as a child or teenager more than doubles your risk of developing melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. Regardless of your age, if you’ve had five or more sunburns, your risk more than doubles as well.

5. If you always wear sunscreen, you won’t get enough vitamin D

Sunscreen may limit your intake of vitamin D, but it won’t deprive you. The sun isn’t your only source of vitamin D. You can get it from your diet by consuming things like eggs, salmon and orange juice.

Overall, sunscreen should be worn often to guard your skin against the sun’s harmful rays, even when it’s cloudy. Preventive action is the best way to protect yourself from a serious or even fatal condition.

 

Can Anxiety Raise Your Stroke Risk?

Feeling sad or anxious? If so, your heart attack and stroke risk can increase by a startling 20 percent.

A new study published in the British Medical Journal online found that for the one in four people who suffer from depression or anxiety, the risk of having a heart attack or stroke goes up.

A team of researchers from University College London and the University of Edinburgh reviewed data from over 68,000 adults ages 35 and older who took part in the Health Survey for England between 1994 and 2004. Those results were then compared against the causes of death listed on death certificates of any surveyors who passed away.

The comparison showed a correlation between depression or anxiety and stroke or heart attack. Results showed that the higher the amount of distress, the higher the risk.

“These associations also remained after taking into account other factors such as weight, exercise, smoking, alcohol consumption and diabetes,” said Dr. David Batty, the senior author, in a Mirror News article. “Therefore the increased mortality is not simply the result of people with higher levels of psychological distress smoking or drinking more, or taking less exercise.”

If you or someone you know deals with depression or anxiety on a daily basis, consider scheduling a health screening for stroke or heart disease from Life Line Screening. Learn about your health status before a potential problem occurs, and in doing so, gain valuable peace of mind.

To read the full news article on this study, view this link: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/science/british-medical-journal-study-feeling-1198273

 

Get Up and Live Longer

Do you spend a lot of time sitting down? Many people are stuck sitting at desks all day for work but studies are finding this can have serious consequences on your health.

A study published in the journal BMJ Open discovered that Americans spend an average of seven-and-a-half hours a day sitting. It also found that if people simply reduced the amount of time they spend sitting, they can live two years longer.

The data came from surveys of 167,000 adults and, along with previous studies, further proved the link between sedentary behavior and increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, which all can cause death.

“Even among people who are active, if you sit a lot, you still have that risk,” said Dr. Peter Katzmarzyk, a professor of population science at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in a Fox News article.

So what can you do? If it’s the workplace that keeps you sitting too much, try periodically getting up to walk around. Visit a coworker’s desk to ask them a question instead of emailing them, or even make it a habit to take brisk walks during your breaks. The benefit of a longer, healthier life will surely be worth it.

If you sit for an extended period of time every day, you may be at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke or type 2 diabetes. For those at risk or wanting to gain peace of mind, a preventive health screening is a valuable and priceless option.  Schedule a health screening with Life Line Screening today.

To read the full article on the health risks of long periods of sitting, visit this link: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/07/10/sit-less-live-2-years-longer/




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