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Asymptomatic Carotid Artery Blockage a Significant Stroke Risk

Saturday, October 13, 2007 General News J E 4
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CLEVELAND, Oct. 12 Carotid artery blockages, such as theone Senator Kennedy had removed today, are a significant risk factor forstroke but many do not know that they have the life-threatening condition.Doppler ultrasound screening is a successful tool for revealing blockedcarotid arteries prior to the onset of a stroke and before death or disabilityoccurs.

Life Line Screening, the nation's leading provider of mobile vascularscreening, including carotid artery screening, has identified nearly 100,000people with seriously blocked carotid arteries who had no symptoms at the timeof the screening.

"Asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis is a significant problem that ismost often diagnosed by accident when another test is being performed," saysAndrew Manganaro, MD, FACS, FACC, and National Medical Director of Life LineScreening. "In that way, Senator Kennedy's experience is fairly typical.However, preventive screenings using Doppler ultrasound can identify theproblem before the stroke occurs."

Significant cardiovascular risk factors include age, high blood pressure,elevated cholesterol, diabetes, smoking and a family history of stroke orcardiovascular disease.

According to the Society for Vascular Surgery, ultrasound vascularscreenings have proven to be accurate in detecting vascular disease andindividuals 55 years of age or older with cardiovascular risk factors maybenefit from preventive screenings for vascular disease.

William Clovis, MD, a psychiatrist in Philadelphia, PA, is an example ofthe potential of such screening. Dr. Clovis attended a Life Line Screeningprogram in 2005. In his words, "The screening found a blockage in my carotidarteries. One needed surgery very badly. The operation was a success. Withoutit, I would have had a fatal stroke."

About Life Line Screening

Established in 1993, the Cleveland, Ohio-based company is the nation'sleading provider of mobile preventive health screenings and has screened morethan 5 million people. Current screenings include screenings for blockedcarotid arteries, atrial fibrillation, abdominal aortic aneurysms, peripheralarterial disease and osteoporosis as well as finger-stick blood tests thatprovide a complete lipid panel, blood glucose, and high sensitivity C-reactiveprotein.

For more information about Life Line Screening visitwww.lifelinescreening.com. To make an appointment call 1-877-237-1372.

SOURCE Life Line Screening
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