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Life Line Screening’s Blog is Moving Back Home

April 15, 2015

Life Line Screening’s blog is moving back to our main website, and becoming Life Line Screening Community. Our Community will feature articles and recipes to help you stay active and healthy for years to come. We invite you to read health and wellness topics, get recipes and fitness tips, learn your risk factors or share in discussions with adults who have been impacted by cardiovascular disease or another major disease.
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Heart-Healthy Diet Basics

September 25, 2014

So you want to eat a heart healthy diet? Whether you want to take advantage of preventing heart disease, or are working towards reducing your risk, following a healthy diet and exercise plan are two ways to achieve your health goals.

Here are a few basics to help get you started:

Be Calorie Conscious
Weight control is vital in prevention and treatment of heart disease. Having excess weight makes your heart work harder, leading to increased blood pressure in addition to raising cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Balance your calorie intake with what you burn, and make sure to get calories from meaningful foods that also provide nutritional value.

Know Which Fats to Eat and Which to Avoid
Monounsaturated Fats: These are plant based and can help lower cholesterol when they replace saturated fat in your diet. Find this in canola, olive and peanut oils, pecans and avocados.

Polyunsaturated Fats: These fats are derived from plants and fish, and can also help to lower cholesterol. Fish like salmon and tuna have omega-3 fatty acids which work to keep the heart healthy, even in small amounts.  Find it in nuts, fatty fish, and sunflower, soybean and sesame oil.

Saturated Fats: Mostly found in animal products, these solid fats raise LDL cholesterol and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Trans Fats: These are processed oils that raise LDL cholesterol and lower HDL “good” cholesterol.

Cut Your Salt Intake
The more sodium you consume, the higher your blood pressure will be, and as blood pressure jumps, so does your risk for heart disease and stroke. Limit your intake to 1,500 milligrams a day.

Go for the Grains
Whole grains that is. Eating 2.5 servings of whole grains per day can lower your risk for heart disease. Having a higher intake of whole grains is also associated with decreased risk for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.


Focus on What’s Healthy

To fight heart disease, eating an assortment of nutritious foods daily can help lower your risk. In addition to making an effort to follow diet guidelines, taking advantage of preventive health screening options is the next step.

Life Line Screening offers a heart disease screening that includes checking for high cholesterol, elevated C-reactive protein levels, high blood pressure and assess other risk factors. Learn more about our preventive health screenings.

Benefits of Soy Protein for Heart Health

September 18, 2014

Do you eat soy products? If you’re a woman, be sure to include them into your diet for a healthy heart. The key is to start eating soy early in life.

According to research from Wake Forest School of Medicine found that lifelong consumption produces the least atherosclerosis, hardening and narrowing of the arteries.

Most of the protein consumed in the United States comes from animal sources, and contributes to heart disease. Even eating a diet high in soy products early in life, but switching to a Western diet later in life contributes to just as much atherosclerosis as a lifelong Western diet.

In the study, conducted on monkeys, those who were fed soy and those that switched to a soy diet had better cholesterol levels than those who ate animal protein. However, those that ate a lifelong soy diet had a much lower proportion of complicated plaque in their arteries.

While there may be myths saying that soy is dangerous for your heart, soy actually does your heart good. In addition to helping prevent atherosclerosis, soy products can help young adults lower their blood pressure. Whole soy foods have high levels of protein and fiber which can help reduce bad cholesterol.

Where to Find Soy
If you want to incorporate soy into your diet, avoid eating soy burgers and energy bars since they are processed forms of soy. When soy is processed, its nutrients are stripped away.

Instead opt for fresh soy milk, edamame, tofu and fermented soy foods.


Other Ways to Protect Your Heart

At Life Line Screening, we believe that the power of prevention is essential to a long and healthy life, especially when it comes to your heart. We offer a heart disease screening that includes the following:

  • Complete Lipid Panel Screening (High Choelsterol)
  • C-reactive Protein Screening
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
  • Glucose Screening
  • High Blood Pressure Screening

If you have any warning signs or if you know that you have some of the risk factors associated with an increased risk of heart problems, you may want to consider heart disease screening.  If you are unaware of potential risk factors please read the list here.

Life Line Screening provides preventive health screenings for heart disease to help those at risk detect problems before they lead to life-threatening consequences. Learning where you stand with your heart health is the best way to work towards a healthier life.

Top 100 Community Hospitals

June 9, 2014

Each year, the top “100 Great Community Hospitals” list is released by Becker’s Hospital review. The list is based off of accolades, quality and service to the local communities.

We have an amazing list of hospital partners that help us achieve our health screening awareness and prevention goals. We are proud of all of our hospital partners and the work that they do, and we want to congratulate our hospital partners that have been recognized as great community hospitals:

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center: Cheyenne Regional Medical Center dates back to 1867, when it was established as a tent hospital constructed by the Union Pacific Railroad to treat workers injured while building the transcontinental railroad. Today, the 222-bed hospital includes a medical staff of more than 170 clinicians and upwards of 2,000 employees. The hospital is home to the state’s first Level II trauma center and comprehensive weight loss surgery program.

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast: Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast is a younger institution, opened in 2003, but its role in the Florida Panhandle is sturdy. The hospital — part of Pensacola, Fla.-based Sacred Heart Health System, a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Ascension Health — includes a spine center, heart and vascular center, and family birth place. Truven Health Analytics named Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast as one of its 100 Top Hospitals in 2014.

St. Francis Downtown (part of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System): St. Francis Downtown is a 245-bed facility with all private rooms. The community hospital, part of Marriottsville, Md.-based Bon Secours Health System, offers a full range of services, including open-heart surgeries and bone marrow transplantation. CareChex ranked the hospital in the top 50 in the nation for overall medical care, and it is one of Truven Health Analytics’ 100 Top Hospitals for 2014.

St. Mary Medical Center: The 374-bed St. Mary Medical Center was founded by the Sisters of St. Francis in 1973. The hospital includes a staff of more than 700 physicians who provide care at the hospital’s cancer, heart and vascular, trauma and orthopedic centers, among other services and specialties. Truven Health Analytics named St. Mary Medical Center as one of its 100 Top Hospitals in 2014.

We are the nation’s leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings [], for more information on our current lists of hospital partners, click here .


Stroke Dangers in the ER

May 15, 2014

Stroke affects 795,000 per year in the United States, meaning that one person has a stroke every 40 seconds. While 88% of stroke patients do not get a warning, research from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore says that early warning signs of stroke are being missed by doctors in the emergency room for those who do get a warning.


How Strokes Are Misdiagnosed

12.7% of patients treated for stroke were originally misdiagnosed by the physician in the ER and returned later. Doctors confused early warning signs with other, less threatening conditions. Headaches and dizziness are symptoms of stroke, but also ear infections and migraines.

Based on this study, researchers believe that anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 people are injured by a misdiagnosed stroke each year. However, certain factors seem to increase the risk of being misdiagnosed in the study:

• Women were 33% more likely to have a misdiagnosis
• Minorities were 20-30% more likely to have symptoms ignored
• Patients under age 45 had the highest risk


How You Can Detect Stroke

The more you know, the better off you are. Detecting a stroke early or before it happens give the patient the best chance at a full recovery. Early warning signs for stroke include:

• Numbness/Weakness of Extremities
• Confusion
• Blurred Vision
• Dizziness
• Loss of Balance
• Severe Headache
• Difficulty Speaking
• Face Drooping

Certain risk factors for stroke are preventable, other are determined by family history, race, age and gender.

Concerned about your risk for stroke? Annual stroke screenings are recommended for anyone over age 50, or if you have risk factors, age 40. We offer five screenings to help you understand your personal risk. Schedule your preventive stroke screening with us online today.


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