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Get Screened for a Healthy Future

December 18, 2014

Here are the basics, health screenings are medical tests that check for diseases before you start showing symptoms. Preventive health screenings help you and your doctor identify diseases early, when they are easier to treat.

Participating in health screenings is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health. Depending on your age and sex, screenings that are recommended for you can vary.

Take Action with Health Screenings

Find out which Health Screenings you Should Receive

Not sure where to start? We’ve published a guideline to health screenings, along with specific screening recommendations for men and women. You can also visit our health screenings section on our website, where recommended guidelines are detailed for specific types of screenings.

Know Your Family History

Even if you are completely healthy, you may be at risk for serious conditions due to your family history. Discussing medical history with close relatives and family members is important to your health. Keep track of what you know and learn, and share this information openly with your doctor.

Talk to Your Doctor

If you are unsure about which screenings you should receive, we encourage you to talk to your doctor. Recommendations are a general guideline, and if you have several risk factors for a disease, your doctor may want you to participate in a preventive health screening earlier.

Schedule a Screening

We recommend that you consider preventive health screenings starting at age 50, and offer our health screenings at multiple locations across the United States. If you want to check to see if we will be in your area soon, type in your zip code here.

Review Your Results

After your health screening make sure you review your results with your doctor. If you are at risk or have a specific condition, you can use the results to help determine the best course of treatment or preventive care.

About Life Line Screening

Since our inception in 1993, we have screened nearly eight million people, and currently screen nearly one million people each year at over 16,000 screening events nationwide. Through this experience, we often identify serious health issues and have helped save thousands of lives. We believe in the power of prevention, and are dedicated to providing the highest quality screenings at affordable rates.

Winter Weather and Your Health

November 12, 2014

Winter is just around the corner, so while you’re busy preparing for colder weather, add preventive health screenings to your winter prep checklist. Having high blood pressure puts you at an increased risk for stroke and heart attack, but why get it checked in the winter?

As the weather gets colder, your body reacts to the temperature drop. With lower temperatures, blood vessels become more narrow which forces your blood pressure to rise as it carries blood through a smaller space. High blood pressure then causes damages to the lining of blood vessels which can cause atherosclerosis.


Importance of Preventive Health

When it comes to your heart health, early detection is crucial in order to prevent future complications. Preventive health screenings can help you identify and assess your personal risk for serious conditions, with results that you can share with your doctor.


Are Health Screenings Right for You?

Dr. Stephen A. Brunton recently wrote an article stressing the importance of health screenings, especially to keep you heart healthy this winter. If you have two or more of these risk factors, we recommend that you schedule a health screening at one of our locations nearest to you.

Family History: No matter how healthy your lifestyle is, if a close family member has suffered from a heart attack, stroke, or cardiovascular disease you have an increased risk.

Smoking: This covers everything from you smoking, or even being around people who smoke. (Inhaling secondhand smoke puts you at risk.)

Not knowing Your Numbers. Having high cholesterol and high blood pressure  raise your risk for several diseases. Not knowing where you currently stand puts you at risk, simply because you could be unaware of a potential problem.

Age. Even if you take your multivitamins, exercise regularly, and are in better shape than you were in your 20s, your age is still a risk factor. Diabetes screening recommendations start age 45 and stroke screenings are recommended for those ages 50+ (or age 40 with risk factors), so just because you “feel” healthy does not mean you aren’t at risk.

Diabetes. Right now, 29.1 million Americans have diabetes, and 86 million have pre-diabetes. Diabetes currently has no cure, but can cause serious complications including eye disease, kidney failure and nerve damage. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services showed that 25% of Americans suffer from multiple chronic conditions, which means that people diagnosed with diabetes are more likely to suffer from atherosclerosis or another condition.

Some of these risk factors, such as increasing age and family history are out of your control, which is where preventive health can play an important role. Regular checkups and screenings are keys to early detection and successful treatment of serious health conditions.

Since our inception in 1993, we have screened nearly eight million people, and currently screen nearly one million people each year at over 16,000 screening events nationwide. Through this experience, we often identify serious health issues and have helped save thousands of lives. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality preventive screenings at affordable rates.

Your Guide to Health Screenings

October 30, 2014

You take care of the filter in your furnace, getting the oil changed in your car, but do you pay enough attention to your most important machine – your body?

Regular checkups and screenings are keys to early detection and successful treatment of serious health conditions. However, remembering what to get checked for and when can be difficult. So we’ve put together a list of basic and essential health screenings that you should schedule with a healthcare provider, along with the basics on why you need them.


Health Screenings

Eye Exam: This is necessary for everyone about once every two years. The American Optometric Association recommends an eye exam once every 2-3 for ages 19-40, once every 1-2 years for ages 41-60, and once every year after that.

Dental Exam: Another obvious screening, but sometimes it’s easy to forget to make your appointment once every 6 to 12 months. It’s important for your dentist to examine not only your teeth, but to check for gum disease, oral cancer, and issues with your bite.

Blood Pressure Screening: Recommended for everyone age 18 and older, once a year. Screening for high blood pressure is simple, yet important. High blood pressure increases the risk for stroke, heart failure, heart attack and kidney damage.

Pap Test/Pelvic Exam: Pelvic exams and pap tests detect cancerous and pre-cancerous changes in the cervix, and recommended for women ages 21 to 65 once every three years. The frequency of screenings may be reduced by your health care provider bases on your results.

High Cholesterol Screening: Recommended for adults starting at the age of 20, and rescreenings should occur once every five years. Detecting and managing high cholesterol is extremely important. High cholesterol can cause plaque build-up in artery walls, raising the risk for atherosclerosis. Based on your health history, your health care provider make screenings more often.

Mammogram: New screening guidelines call for women of average-risk to be screened once every 2 years starting at age 50 to age 75, to detect breast cancer.

Diabetes: Screening for type 2 diabetes is recommended for anyone over the age of 45, or adults with blood pressure higher than 135/80. The screening checks fasting levels of blood glucose. Individuals who have high cholesterol, obesity, and family history should be screened more often.

Colon and Rectal Cancer Screenings: Colorectal cancer screenings are recommended for everyone of average risk starting at age 50. Studies show that regular screenings improve survival rates and reduce the number of CRC-related deaths. If you have family history, your doctor may recommend a different testing or screening schedule.

Prostate Cancer Screening:  A prostate cancer screening is recommended once a year for men starting at age 50, and earlier for patients at a high risk. Screenings detect high levels of prostate-specific antigen which may indicate prostate cancer.

Bone Density Test: Bone density screenings are used to detect osteoporosis and are recommended for women ages 65 and older, once a year, unless they are at high risk. Screenings are used to detect loss of bone density and mass which can help in early detection and treatment.

Heart Disease Screening: Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Heart disease screenings measure risk factors such as high cholesterol, C-reactive protein levels, glucose levels and high blood pressure.


Life Line Screening

At Life Line Screening, our mission is to make people aware of unrecognized health problems and encourage them to seek follow-up care with their personal physician. We are the leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings in the United States. We use advanced ultrasound equipment (the same as the equipment found in hospitals) and highly trained healthcare professionals perform our screenings. Board-certified physicians review each result to ensure the highest standards.

Since our inception in 1993, we have screened nearly eight million people, and currently screen nearly one million people each year at over 16,000 screening events nationwide. Through this experience, we often identify serious health issues and have helped save thousands of lives. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality preventive screenings at affordable rates.

How You Can Prevent a Heart Attack

October 23, 2014

New research from Sweden proves that almost four out of five heart attacks can be prevented simply by following a healthy lifestyle. After following 20,000 men for 11 years, they discovered that those who did not smoke, and maintained several healthy habits, reduced their heart attack rates by 86%.


Reducing Your Risk

The first step in preventive health is to know your personal risk for a particular disease or condition. Consulting with your primary care physician and participating in health screenings are recommended. Screenings for heart disease check for coronary artery disease, which is the leading cause of heart attacks.

Healthy habits can make all of the difference in preventing a heart attack. In the study, men who had the lowest risk did not smoke, walked or biked for at least 40 minutes per day, took part in exercise for at least one hour per week, limited alcohol intake to one or two glasses per day, and followed a diet high in fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, reduced-fat dairy, whole grains and fish.

Some risk factors such as age, family history and gender also contribute to your risk of heart disease and a heart attack, but researchers from this study found that even modifying small habits can drastically decrease your risk.

  • Quitting smoking can reduce heart attack rate by up to 36%
  • Following a healthy diet with moderate alcohol consumption can lower heart attack risk by 35%


Heart Disease in the United States

Heart disease is still the number one cause of death in the United States according to the CDC. If just half of the population followed a healthy lifestyle, up to 40% of heart attacks could be prevented.

While it’s not shocking or new news that a healthy lifestyle can prevent heart attacks, the numbers are starting to tell a powerful story. To start a plan for yourself, meet with your doctor to set up personal goals for diet and exercise. If you have other risk factors including high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes, medications can also play an important role in prevention.

Recommended Health Screenings for Women

July 17, 2014

Add a reminder to your calendar to make an appointment for a regular checkup. With many people handling completely full schedules, it’s easy to forget to make it to the doctor, especially when you seem to feel pretty healthy.

With health screenings readily available, there isn’t a reason to not take advantage of this option. If you are healthy, it gives you reassurance about a list of health conditions that you do not have to worry about, and if not, health screenings work to detect conditions in early stages so that you can take action with your doctor.


Health Screenings for Women

In addition to getting routine checkups, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has these recommended screening guidelines for women.

Blood Pressure Screening: For all women, it is recommended that you be tested at least every 2 years even if your blood pressure levels are normal. If your blood pressure levels are slightly elevated, the screening should be performed every year. If your blood pressure is above 140/90 discuss treatment with your doctor.

Bone Mineral Density (Osteoporosis) ScreeningFor women ages 50 – 64 discuss with your doctor or nurse if you are at risk for osteoporosis. Risk factors include postmenopausal, thin frame, diet low in calcium, smoking, physical inactivity, heavy alcohol consumption and race – Caucasians, Asian Americans and Hispanics have an increased risk. Women ages 65+ should be screened and discuss repeat testing.

Breast Cancer Screening: Women under the age of 50 should discuss being screened with their doctor, since official recommendations do not start until after. Starting at age 50, women should be screened every 2 years.

Cervical Cancer Screening: Get a pap test every 3 years if you are age 21+. At the age of 30, the screening recommendation changes to get a Pap and HPV test together at 5 year intervals.

High Cholesterol Screening: Starting at the age of 20, women should have their cholesterol tested regularly. High cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease, which is the number one cause of death in women.

Colorectal Cancer Screening: Starting at the age of 50, women should be screened for colorectal cancer. Screening intervals depend on individual risk factors.

Diabetes Screening: It is recommended for women to be screened for diabetes if blood pressure is higher than 135/80. Women are at an increased risk at age 45+.


Screenings from Life Line Screening

At Life Line Screening we believe in the power of prevention, and have designed our screenings to detect early onset of serious conditions. For specific disease risk factors, screening and information about our services, visit our website [].


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