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Life Line Screening Set to Provide More than 200,000 Stroke Prevention Screenings During May, Stroke Awareness Month;

Friday, May 2, 2008 General News J E 4
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CLEVELAND, May 1 Life Line Screening will provide morethan 200,000 stroke prevention screenings to more than 80,000 people duringthe month of May, Stroke Awareness Month, including free cholesterol andbiometric screenings during the Larry King Cardiac Foundation Health Fair inWashington, DC on May 1.

Life Line Screening's community-based screenings are conducted by highlytrained healthcare professionals using state-of-the-art technology. Typicallyoffered stroke prevention screenings includes tests for:

The free screenings being offered on May 1 at the Foggy Bottom metro stopfrom 11am to 2pm and will include the cholesterol screening as well asglucose, blood pressure and Body Mass Index (BMI) screenings.

Stroke is considered a "silent killer" because the condition often occurswithout any symptoms or with only vague warning signs that are ignored ormissed. Vascular screenings are designed to be combined with traditional riskfactor modification such as regular exercise, a healthy diet, and smokingcessation, and are a powerful tool to help identify stroke risk before astroke occurs. Life Line Screening targets its services for those over age50.

Those interested in learning more about vascular screening may contactLife Line Screening at 1-800-697-9721 or visit the website atwww.lifelinescreening.com . Screenings range from $45 for a single test up to$199 for a comprehensive package.-- Carotid Artery Blockages, which can constrict or stop blood flow to the brain and lead to stroke. The stroke screening uses ultrasound to visualize fatty plaque buildup and measures the velocity of blood flow to the brain. -- Atrial Fibrillation, which is an abnormal heart rhythm that affects the upper chambers of the heart (the atria). Individuals with atrial fibrillation are five to seven times more likely to suffer a stroke than those in the general population. -- Peripheral Arterial Disease, which is a condition in which the arteries that carry blood to the arms or legs become narrowed or clogged, slowing or stopping the flow of blood. This narrowing or "hardening" of the arteries increases the likelihood of a stroke or heart attack. -- Cholesterol, a waxy buildup on the inside of the arteries that can constrict blood flow or break off, travel to the brain, and cause a stroke.

SOURCE Life Line Screening
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