Avoid a stroke in just 10 minutes—Rockford community helps reduce the risk of stroke

MADISON, Wis.—Residents living in and around the Rockford, community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke. Life Line Screening will be at the SwedishAmerican Medical Group-Brookside Clinic Nov. 23. The site is at 1215 N. Alipine Rd., Rockford. Appointments will begin at 9 a.m.

A stroke, also known as a “brain attack,” is ranked as the third leading killer in the world, and the second among women. Through preventive screenings, the risk of having a stroke can be greatly reduced.

Screenings are fast, painless and low cost. They involve the use of ultrasound technology, and scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which can lead to a stroke, aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which are a strong predictor of heart disease. Also offered for men and women, is a bone density screening to assess their risk for osteoporosis.

“If it hadn’t been for Life Line Screening, I would have probably had a stroke,” said Mary Coburn of Elmhurst, Ill.

Each screening requires 10 minutes or less to complete. A complete vascular screening package, including the Stroke/Carotid Artery, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and Ankle Brachial Index (hardening of the arteries) screenings is $109. Sign-up for a complete vascular package; include the osteoporosis screening and pay $129.

Life Line Screening was established in 1993, and has since become the nation’s leading provider of vascular screenings. More than 45 ultrasound teams are on staff to travel to your local community, bringing the screenings to you. These non-invasive, inexpensive and painless, ultrasound tests help people identify their risk for stroke, vascular diseases or osteoporosis early enough for their physician to begin preventive procedures.

For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-697-9721. Pre-registration is required.

From the Nov. 16-22, 2005, issue

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