Screening reduces stroke risk

Hood River County residents can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke. Life Line Screening will be at the Hood River Valley Adult Center on Aug. 8.

The Hood River Valley Adult Center is located at 2010 Sterling Place in Hood River. Appointments will begin at 9 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 both men and women is a bone density screening to assess their risk for osteoporosis.

Each screening requires ten minutes or less to complete and costs $40. A complete vascular screening package is $99, a savings 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 only $125.

Life Line Screening was established in 1993, and has since become the nation’s leading provider of vascular screenings. Over 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. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-643-6188. Pre-registration is required.

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