“Combining Life Line Screening’s preventive service with Parkview Whitley Hospital’s diagnostic and treatment abilities creates a continuity of care that is unsurpassed in this area,” said Tim Dillingham, Parkview Whitley Hospital radiology manager. “We have a commitment to the community to prevent catastrophic events such as stroke and hip fractures, and this partnership is an important part of that commitment.”
Provided screenings include: Carotid Artery Screening – A painless, non-invasive Doppler ultrasound is used to visualize the carotid arteries, the arteries that bring blood to the brain. The majority of strokes are caused by plaque buildup in these arteries.
Atrial Fibrillation Screening (Afib) – An ECG machine is used to identify this irregular heart rhythm. During afib, the blood may not pump out of the heart completely and can pool in the heart chambers, forming a clot. This clot may then travel to the brain where it can cause a stroke or travel elsewhere to block the arteries to the arms, legs, kidneys or other organs. Individuals with atrial fibrillation have a five-fold increased risk of stroke.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening – Ultrasound is used to visualize the abdominal aorta, the largest artery in the body, to measure the diameter of the aorta. This measurement can indicate if there is a weakening in the aortic wall, which can cause a ballooning effect known as an aneurysm. An aneurysm can burst, and generally is fatal.
Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening – PAD is also known as “hardening of the arteries.” Sufferers have a four- to six-fold increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Risk is evaluated through a measurement called the “Ankle-Brachial Index,” which is obtained by reading the systolic pressure in the ankle and arm.
Osteoporosis Screening – Ultrasound is used to estimate the bone density of the heel. This can indicate if there is a reduction in bone density, which may indicate the presence of osteoporosis. The heel is used because it is similar in composition to the hip, where disabling fractures often occur.
The screenings are important because stroke strikes every 45 seconds and claims a life every three minutes. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the No. 1 cause of adult disability. Osteoporosis-related fractures strike one out of every two women and one out of every four men aged 50 and over.
These diseases are considered “silent killers” that strike with no previous symptoms or only subtle ones. In fact, half of all stroke victims are asymptomatic. A simple screening may prevent death or disability.
A special wellness package of all four screenings is available for only $149. The whole process takes less than an hour.
To pre-register for a screening, contact Life Line Screening at www.lifelinescreening.com” www.lifelinescreening.com or call 1-800-324-1851 to make an appointment. Life Line Screening is an independent, licensed company, and is not affiliated with Parkview Health.