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Stroke-prevention screenings offered


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Life Line Screenings is offering stroke-prevention screenings on Friday at the Roswell Adult and Senior Center, 807 N. Missouri Ave., and on Saturday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 506 S. Lincoln Ave.

The screenings take between 60 to 90 minutes and begin around 9 a.m. at both locations by appointment only.

The screenings are painless, non-invasive and do not require undressing.

The good news is that 80 percent of strokes and heart disease can be prevented, according to the American Heart Disease.

The screenings include:

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• Carotid artery screening, an ultrasound scan of the carotid arteries that screens for buildup of fatty plaque — a leading cause of strokes.

• Heart rhythm screenings (atrial fibrillation), a test using EKG electrodes placed on the arms and legs to identify the presence or absence of irregular heart beat.

• Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening, an ultrasound screening for an abdominal aneurysm (enlargement) that could lead a ruptured aorta.

• Peripheral arterial disease screening (PAD), which evaluates for PAD in the lower extremities, which increases the risk of heart disease.

• Osteoporosis risk assessment, an ultrasound that screens the shin bone for mass density. Osteoporosis is painless and silent is it’s early stages.

Those with abnormal results should discuss possible next steps with their primary health-care provider and ensure they understand the risks and benefits of any additional testing or procedures.

There is a fee for the screenings.

To pre-register or for more information, call 800-364-0457.

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