Screenings offer 10-minute stroke prevention

“I have had the privilege of going to many of our local churches and encouraging the church families to participate in these screenings. When I speak, I always mention the fact that if my beloved husband had been a part of this testing, they would have discovered the aneurysm and possibly saved his life.”—Jan Wander, Parish Nurse at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Suttons Bay, Mich.

When tragedy strikes, people often find themselves asking whether something could have been done to prevent it from happening. For many who have lost their lives to a tragic catastrophic medical occurrence, prevention may have been the answer.

“I had no symptoms, and if I wouldn’t have had these tests done, I would have never known,” said Frani Crane of West Burlington, Iowa. “My doctor said that these screenings may very well have saved my life.”

Preventive screenings are not new, and millions of people have taken advantage of them, resulting in 93,000 significant findings in 2002 alone. Life Line Screening was established in 1993, and has since become the nation’s leading provider of vascular screenings. More than 50 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.

“After receiving my results, I went to a specialist who performed a total body scan, and it was found that I had degenerative bones,” said Lynn Heck of Glendale, Calif.

Many people debate the issue of attending health screenings based on the argument, “Why can’t I just get these tests done by my physician?” The answer, although relatively surprising, is that your physician cannot order these tests without clear evidence of symptoms.

Ironically, most people who suffer from a stroke or aortic abdominal aneurysm never show any signs or symptoms that a major medical catastrophe is about to occur.

“I felt fine and only took this screening because a friend insisted that doctors can’t and don’t routinely give all of these non-invasive, quick, and important tests. I was close to having a stroke. My husband has had a stroke, and you saved me from having one, too. Thank you for saving my life,” added Lili Johnson from West Palm Beach, Fla.

The 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 although not a direct test of the coronary arteries, it is however, a strong predictor of heart disease.

Also offered is a bone density screening to assess the risk for osteoporosis. Life Line Screening places a heavy emphasis on the education of the diseases and screening procedures used at events through free educational workshops hosted locally in all areas.

“I want to express my appreciation for the services you provide to our small community,” explained Linda Shirocky of Smithville, Texas. “The convenience and reasonable prices are great and the team was both courteous and efficient.”

Each screening requires 10 minutes or less to complete and are individually priced at $55 or less. Sign up for a complete vascular screening; include the osteoporosis screening, and pay $149 or less.

For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-643-6188. Pre-registration is required.

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