Thursday, August 1, 2002
Screening for stroke risk set for Blades

Residents living in and around the Blades area can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke. Life Line Screening will be at the Blades Community Hall on Aug. 7. The Blades Community Hall is located at West 4th Street in Blades. Appointments will begin at 10 a.m. A stroke, also known as a “brain attack,” is ranked as the third leading killer in the world, and the second among women. Through preventive screenings, the risk of having a stroke can be greatly reduced. 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, which are a strong predictor of heart disease. Also offered for men and women, is a bone density screening to assess their risk for osteoporosis. “I have you to thank for saving my life. I am so thankful I came to you. God bless you all,” said Rita Dyment of Weymouth, Mass. Each screening requires ten minutes or less to complete and costs $40.
A complete vascular screening package is $99, which is a saving of $21, and includes the carotid/stroke artery screening, abdominal aortic aneurysm and ankle brachial index screenings. Sign-up for a complete vascular screening, include the osteoporosis screening, and pay $125, a savings of $30. Life Line Screening was established in 1993, and has since become the nation’s leading provider of vascular screenings. More than 45 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. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, cal 1-800-643-6188. Pre-registration is required.