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Posts Tagged ‘peripheral arterial disease’

6 Ways You Could Be at Risk for Peripheral Arterial Disease

September 20, 2013

Increased age is accompanied by many great things – from grandchildren, to retirement, to an empty nest and more free time. Unfortunately, it’s also often accompanied by increased risk for serious health problems.

One serious risk linked to increased age is peripheral arterial disease (PAD). PAD is a build-up of plaque inside the main arteries connected to the heart. This process, called atherosclerosis, can lead to chronic pain, heart disease, and even death.

However, there are ways to prevent serious cases of PAD. The first is to know if you are at risk for the condition. The second is to take advantage of PAD screenings if you are at risk.

Below are six key risk factors the American Heart Association warns can lead to peripheral artery disease:

  • High Blood Pressure: This condition often has no symptoms and it can gradually damage your arteries and blood vessels by creating scar tissue that can become clogged with plaque buildup.
  • High Cholesterol: Having high cholesterol in your blood is an easy way for plaque buildup to form. This reduces your blood’s ability to flow, which can hurt multiple areas of your body.
  • Obesity: A Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 or higher promotes a higher risk of heart disease and stroke – even without other risk factors.
  • Type 2 Diabetes: People with diabetes are at increased risk of developing not only PAD, but many other cardiovascular diseases.
  • Cigarettes: Smoking increases a person’s risk for peripheral arterial disease by four times compared to nonsmokers, because smoking has been seen to directly harm the arteries.
  • Activity Level: If you’re physically inactive, your risk for heart problems in general increases. Physical activity is essential for optimum heart health.

If you are at risk for peripheral arterial disease, a condition that often shows no symptoms, you may want to consider undergoing a PAD screening from Life Line Screening. The screening is fast, easy and non-invasive, and it may alert you to the condition before it becomes catastrophic and leads to serious pain, disability or other heart conditions.

Learn more about the peripheral arterial screening now.

Why You Should Get Your Cholesterol Checked ASAP

September 10, 2013

High cholesterol is a major problem for Americans, especially as they age. Over one-third of adults have high levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol, according to the Centers for Disease Control, yet less than half of them receive treatment. Only one in three have the condition under control.

Not only are many people unaware of the presence of high cholesterol and its dangers, they’re unaware of the main reasons why they should be having their cholesterol checked regularly. Here are a few of those reasons:


High cholesterol is asymptomatic.

Because high cholesterol levels often present no symptoms but can lead to life-threatening conditions, early cholesterol screening and treatment is important.


Risk factors can increase your odds of having high cholesterol.

There are two different types of cholesterol, HDL (good) and LDL (bad). HDL prevents cholesterol from building up in the arteries, while LDL encourages such buildup. Higher levels of HDL can prevent heart disease, whereas high LDL levels can lead to heart disease. While anyone with poor health maintenance can develop high levels of LDL cholesterol, the CDC identifies certain high cholesterol risk factors, including:

  • Advanced age
  • Diabetes
  • Diet
  • Weight
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Heredity

Since these risk factors represent a significant proportion of the population, regular cholesterol screening is key to preventing the consequences of high cholesterol.


High cholesterol can lead to more serious, life-threatening problems.

Too much cholesterol in the blood leads to hardening of the arteries. Hardened arteries make it harder for blood to flow to the heart. Over time, arteries can become blocked, leading to chest pain and eventually heart attack.

Another potential result of high cholesterol is Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). The narrowing and blockage of the same arteries prevents blood flow from leaving the heart and reaching the extremities. This condition presents itself through pain and numbness in the arms and legs. If left untreated, lack of blood flow may necessitate amputation of the damaged appendage.


Cholesterol screening is fast and easy.

The good news is that testing for these conditions is simple. To detect high cholesterol, Life Line Screening performs a finger-prick test and examines levels of HDL, LDL, and triglycerides, another fat present in the blood. Life Line Screening can also perform a PAD screening using a non-invasive procedure involving pressure cuffs and an ultrasound machine.

High cholesterol is a common problem that can have detrimental side effects. But screening early and often, as well as taking necessary treatments seriously, can limit the effects and prevent heart disease.

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.
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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:


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:

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Peripheral arterial disease is not just for the over 50 crowd

An 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:

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:

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:

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:, and will be published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology on November 1, 2011.

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VDF’s Annual Meeting: A Venue Honoring Those Who Support Vascular Disease Health

September 30, 2011

life line screening is proud sponsor of the VDFIn separate press releases, the Vascular Disease Foundation (VDF) announced the recipients of awards for vascular health support as well as for research of venous disease and peripheral arterial disease. Award recipients were recognized at the VDF’s eighth annual meeting in Washington.

Vascular Health Support

The VDF awards for vascular health support honor citizens, health care providers, organizations, researchers and companies that have enhanced understanding and/or treatment of peripheral vascular disease.

The awards and recipients are detailed in the VDF’s September 23, 2011 press release, which can be read in full detail at:

Venous Disease Research

The VDF’s Venous Disease Coalition (VDC) awards are for venous disease research studies published in 2010 in peer-reviewed medical literature and are made in three distinct categories: Basic Science, Clinical Outcomes and Quality Improvement and Implementation of Best Practices. The winning studies must provide important or novel insights for each category.

Read about this award and award recipients in the September 29, 2011 press release at:

Peripheral Arterial Disease Research

The VDF’s P.A.D. Coalition awards are for research studies published in 2010 in peer-reviewed medical literature and are made in three distinct categories: Epidemiology/Preventive Medicine, Vascular Medicine and Vascular Interventions. The winning studies must meet specific criteria, such as insight into lower extremity artherosclerosis and its progression, P.A.D. detection, impact on limb symptoms or quality of life, psychosocial effects, and more for each category.

Read more in this September 29, 2011 release at:

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening is a proud sponsor of the Vascular Disease Foundation and a proud supporter of your vascular disease health and wellness. We provide peripheral arterial disease screenings that are safe, non-invasive and easy. Watch a video that shows how it is done here: Get screened!


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