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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!

Peggy Fleming Shares Personal Story to Help in PAD Coalition Efforts

May 5, 2011

In a May 4, 2011 press release, the Vascular Disease Foundation (VDF) announced that U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Peggy Fleming will be featured in a DVD teaching tool promotion from the Vascular Disease Foundation’s PAD Coalition and their partners, the American College of Physicians. This educational tool kit will be made available after a $5 donation. This promotion highlights May Stroke Awareness Month.

In the DVD, “A Guide to PAD,” Peggy will share her own experiences with heart disease, having lost both her father and her sister to the illness. The DVD, with accompanying booklet, is aimed to educate patients on peripheral arterial disease (PAD), its risk factors, symptoms and treatments. It will also include beneficial lifestyle changes.

Peggy Flemming and Life Life Screening

peggy fleming promoted vascular screeningPeggy Fleming has also been long-time supporter of Life Line Screening. See what she has to say about preventive screening services on our site: or on the Life Line Screening YouTube channel.

Ms. Fleming should definitely be commended for sharing her personal heartfelt story for the purpose of helping others.

Get your copy of the VDF PAD Coalition’s “A Guide to PAD” here:

Vascular Disease Foundation Seeking Nominations for Jacobson Award

January 25, 2011

According to a press release dated today, the Vascular Disease Foundation (VDF) is looking for nominations for the 2011 Julius H. Jacobson II Award for Physician Excellence. The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 11.

Named for the doctor who pioneered microsurgery, being the first to bring a microscope into the operating room, Dr. Jacobson’s work led to coronary artery surgery and limb implementation. The VDF annually gives this award to recognize other doctors who have given outstanding contributions to physician education, leadership, or vascular disease care.

Criteria for each candidate are as follows:

  • A licensed physician in good standing.
  • Made significant contributions advancing the science or clinical practice for the prevention and treatment of vascular disease or made exceptional contributions to vascular education programs, either to health professionals or patients.
  • Recognized for personal and professional integrity.
  • Not a current member of the Board of Directors of the Vascular Disease Foundation.

The recipient of the 2010 award was Jack L. Cronenwett, MD, Professor of Surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Cronenwett ran a vascular surgery fellowship, initiated a vascular residency for new medical school graduates, served as President of the Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery, and designed a modern curriculum in the specialty.

You can learn more about the 2010 winner, find out how download a 2011 nomination form, and/or read this press release in full at

Life Line Screening supports vascular health and is a proud sponsor of the Vascular Disease Foundation.

Bret Michaels has a TIA—Nothing Mini About So-Called “Mini- Stroke”

May 21, 2010

Bret Michaels, Poison front man and contestant on The Celebrity Apprentice, was re-hospitalized Thursday after suffering a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), sometimes called a mini-stroke. Doctors also discovered a hole in Michaels’ heart.

This is a terrible setback for the 47 year-old celebrity. He is also recovering from a brain hemorrhage suffered this past April. He recently appeared on Oprah looking fit and ready to return to Apprentice. He has Type 1 Diabetes and was attempting to win the contest and a $250,000 prize for the American Diabetes Association.

The term mini-stroke is somewhat misleading. Recent research presented at the 2010 American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference in San Antonio underscores how a TIA is not a mini-problem. According to the researchers, cognitive impairment is common in TIA victims and is an indication that brain injury has already begun. The research was funded by the Canadian Stroke Network.

In the news released provided by the American Stroke Association ( lead researcher Michael Harnadek, Ph.D., states “Our research, and similar studies, underscores the need for the prevention of cerebrovascular disease, as well as early detection and treatment in those affected, to preserve cognitive health.”

According to the same press release, the American Stroke Association reports that a third of people who have a TIA will have a full-blown stroke within a year.

Michaels’ diabetes places him at increased risk for all types of vascular disease and this ongoing stream of cardiovascular problems is an example of how we sometimes can’t know what is happening inside our bodies. Our thoughts are with Bret and his family with hopes for a full recovery.

Say “Yes” to VDF

May 18, 2010

You have $10, $20 or maybe $50 to give to charity. Where should it go?  I’d like to suggest a charity that Life Line Screening has recently come to support — the Vascular Disease Foundation.

The Vascular Disease Foundation is a national non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to provide awareness about vascular disease. Its educational newsletter has reached some 13 million people, and as a champion for the Stay in Circulation campaign, VDF  has helped raise awareness about the dangers of peripheral arterial disease. They also do a lot more and you can learn about them at their website,

Here’s the key. If you donate to the Vascular Disease Foundation, I can tell you where the money is going. I know the people there and know their passion. If I need to, I can call them up, speak to a receptionist and get connected to anyone there. It isn’t a nameless, gigantic behemoth charity where you have to wonder how much of your money is actually being used to help and educate people. 

So, please, if you have a few extra bucks to give, say “yes” to VDF and help them reduce the death and disability that comes from vascular disease.


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