St.Vincent is pleased to partner with Life Line Screening, the nation’s leading provider of preventive health screenings in order to help local residents identify their risk of stroke, vascular disease and osteoporosis, before a serious, catastrophic event occurs.
To receive these screenings at our special discounted rate, call 866-964-5850 and mention priority code: PSTV-001 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com and enter priority code: PSTV-001. Visit the Life Line Screening Blog for the latest in health news.
Screenings provided will include:
Carotid Artery Screening – painless, non-invasive Doppler ultrasound is used to visualize the carotid arteries, the arteries that bring blood to the brain. The majority of strokes are caused by plaque build-up in these arteries.
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.
Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening – PAD is also known as “hardening of the arteries.” Sufferers have a 4-6 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.
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.
Atrial Fibrillation is an abnormal heart beat (arrhythmia) that affects the atria – the upper chambers of the heart – and is the most common form of sustained arrhythmia. 2.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and for those over age 40; there is a 1 in 4 chance of developing the condition.