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Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011

Parkview Huntington Hospital is partnering with Life Line Screening, the nation’s largest provider of preventive screenings, to stop stroke and hip fractures. Screening can identify risk factors that lead to stroke or fractures before these disabling or deadly events occur. Life Line screening will be at Parkview Huntington Hospital on Saturday, June 18, 2011. Pre-registration is required.

Provided screenings include:

Carotid Artery Screening – 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.

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. Aneurysms can burst, and which are generally fatal.

Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening – PAD is also known as “hardening of the arteries.” Sufferers have a 4- to 6-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 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.

A special Stroke, Vascular +Afib screening package of 4 screenings is available for only $139.

To pre-register for a screening, contact Life Line Screening at www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners, or call (800) 779-6353 to make an appointment.