Long Beach Memorial Medical Center Press Room
The MemorialCare Heart and Vascular Institute at Long Beach Memorial and Life Line Screening Partner to Promote Healthier CommunitiesJanuary 24, 2012
LONG BEACH, CA, Jan. 24, 2012 — As part of Long Beach Memorial’s dedication to improving the health of the community, the MemorialCare Heart and Vascular Institute at Long Beach Memorial is partnering with Life Line Screening, the nation’s largest provider of preventive screenings to stop heart disease and strokes in their tracks. Screenings can identify risk factors that lead to heart disease or stroke before these disabling or deadly events occur.
For many people, getting screened is the first step in early intervention to prevent potential health events later in their lives. It helps people understand their risks so that they can consult with their doctor and take the right steps towards a healthier future. Life Line Screening provides comprehensive, preventative screenings to help community members understand their risk for heart disease and stroke.
“Combining Life Line Screening’s preventive service with the MemorialCare Heart and Vascular Institute’s diagnostic and treatment abilities creates a continuity of care that is unsurpassed in this region,” says John Messenger, M.D., medical director, cardiac care unit, MemorialCare Heart and Vascular Institute at Long Beach Memorial. “We have a commitment to the community to prevent catastrophic events like heart disease and stroke, and this partnership is an important part of that commitment.”
The conditions for which Life Line Screening tests are considered “silent killers” because they often strike without warning. Symptoms are rarely present and if they are, they are generally subtle, almost unnoticeable. In fact, four out of five people who have had a stroke showed no apparent warning signs prior to their attack. A simple screening could prevent death or disability.
“These screenings are important because heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Heart disease is a risk factor for stroke. A stroke strikes every 45 seconds and claims a life every three minutes and is the third leading cause of death in the United States.” explains Dr. Messenger.
“We are very pleased to be partnering with the MemorialCare Heart and Vascular Institute at Long Beach Memorial,” says Colin Scully, Life Line Screening Chairman and CEO. “Life Line Screening is dedicated to helping people live fuller, healthier lives, and this partnership is a concrete example of putting that mission into practice.”
A special Wellness Package of all four screenings is available for only $149. The whole process takes less than an hour.
Life Line screenings include:
• Atrial Fibrillation Screening (Afib) – An ECG machine is used to identify an 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.
• Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening (PAD) – 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.
• 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, which generally is fatal.
• 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.
To pre-register for a screening, contact Life Line Screening at lifelinescreening.com or call 1-800-690-0295 to make an appointment.
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