It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that just because you don’t have any unusual symptoms of illness, you must be fine. However, it’s surprisingly easy to miss the signs that you may be on the verge of having a heart attack or stroke. Some people don’t show any strong symptoms before they have one because the conditions causing them build up very gradually over time. The American Heart Association reported that the vast majority of women 55 years old or younger who get heart attacks ignored or confused the warning signs. Plus, the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care found out that at least 50 percent of those who have heart attacks do show symptoms, which they may or may not recognize.
Imagine that you’re about to have a heart attack, stroke or other life-threatening illness strike and don’t know it. Wouldn’t you want someone to warn you about it so that you had more time to potentially save your life?
Preventive-health screenings do just that for you. You’ll find out quickly if you have something that needs urgent medical attention that other doctors may have missed in basic checkups. At Life Line Screening, board-certified and licensed physicians, surgeons and radiologists review all the test results before sending them to you so that you get a clear report with everything you need to know.
Here’s how Life Line Screening can discover potential diseases before they become a problem:
In preventive screenings, specialists look for any signs that you are likely to have life-threatening illnesses like a stroke, heart attack or cancer. They’ll also check for chronic conditions that require medical attention, such as diabetes. While blood-test results are generally available at the end of your appointment, you will receive the results from the other tests in the mail within two weeks. If you require urgent care, then you’ll receive your results sooner.
Life Line Screening uses three types of main diagnostic tests:
- Electrocardiograph screening of the heart’s activity with noninvasive EKG electrodes screening
- Finger-stick blood screenings, which only require a few drops of blood
- Ultrasound scans that use sound waves to check the structures of your major arteries, abdomen and bone density.
Most of the tests only require you to wear loose, comfortable clothing, and each one lasts 10 minutes or less.
For the following tests, you should schedule them first thing in the morning because you shouldn’t have eaten for 12 hours before the screening:
- Lipid-panel screening to check for high cholesterol
- “Six for Life” package that includes all the major screenings
Get peace of mind or early detection with an in-depth look of how you are and what you can do about it. Preventive-screening tests give you all of the following to protect your health:
- Carotid-artery disease scanning, which can help predict strokes
- Abdominal-aortic aneurysm scanning, which checks for enlargements of the arteries
- Atrial-fibrillation screening, which monitors your stroke risk by checking your heartbeat and the health of your blood vessels using EKG electrodes attached to your ankles and wrists
- Peripheral arterial-disease screening, which checks your arteries for signs of clogging that can lead to major blood clots and heart diseases using an ultrasound device to measure your systolic blood pressure
- Osteoporosis screening and bone-density testing using a pulse-echo ultrasound device to check your bone thickness, which shows if your bones are fracturing too easily because they’re deteriorating faster than they grow
- High-cholesterol screening and lipid-panel testing that checks for cholesterol buildups leading to atherosclerosis, heart attacks and strokes
- Elevated liver-enzymes screening to check if any medications you may be taking, or other lifestyle influences, are damaging your liver
- Chronic-kidney disease, or “CKD,” screening to make sure that your kidneys are filtering your blood properly, which is an important test to determine your risk for heart diseases, anemia, strokes, bone diseases and nerve damage
- Type 2 diabetes screening to see if your pancreas is regulating the amount of sugar in your bloodstream properly, which can eventually cause kidney failure, nervous-system damage, eye diseases, strokes and heart diseases if left untreated
- Health-risk assessment, or the “Six for Life” screening package, that checks for warning signs of strokes, diabetes, heart disease, chronic obstructive-pulmonary disease and lung cancer while showing you how to reduce your current greatest health risks by giving you a personalized action plan
- C-Reactive protein screening to test your body’s inflammatory response, which helps predict strokes, cardiovascular diseases, peripheral arterial disease, coronary heart disease and diabetes
- Thyroid-disease screening to monitor your hormone levels, which helps detect the causes of chronic metabolism issues, heart problems, nervous-system disorders, fatigue and bowel-movement disorders
- Vitamin D screening to see if your current levels are enough to keep your bones strong, support your nervous system and maintain your immunity to viruses and other bacteria
- Prostate-cancer screening for early detection to increase your chances of a successful treatment before the symptoms become noticeable
- Colorectal-cancer screenings to detect precancerous polyps before they grow and spread, which lab technicians can easily conduct with a stool sample that you bring from home
- Testosterone-deficiency screening that can determine hormone imbalances in both men and women, which contribute to numerous other health conditions when left untreated
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You can stay healthy when you have the right knowledge about what your body needs now.
You should consider getting a preventive-health screening from Life Line Screening if:
- You are 55 years old or older. That’s because the American Heart Association reports that after 55, “your risk of having a stroke doubles with every decade.”
- You have minor symptoms of chronic health problems that your primary-care physician couldn’t explain in your last checkup. Also, if you have persistent health troubles that won’t go away after a month or longer of taking new medications, then a preventive-health screening is also an easy way to get a second opinion and take a deeper look into what may be symptoms of a much-greater problem.
- You want to save money on your future healthcare costs. The treatment costs you’ll have to pay after you have a stroke, develop diabetes or have a heart attack are far more expensive than if you received the right treatments and made the right lifestyle changes to prevent your impending medical emergency.
Please visit LifeLineScreening.com to learn more about how to protect your wellbeing with preventive-health screening.