Life Line Screenings identify health issues most individuals don’t know they have. These very accurate screenings look for the following health problems: stroke or carotid artery disease, peripheral artery disease, osteoporosis, abdominal aortic aneurysm, glucose issues, cholesterol levels or lipid profile and atrial fibrillation. The first four listed conditions are in all of the possible screening packages Lifeline offers and more information click here.
Carotid artery disease is plaque buildup in either of the two arteries that carry blood from the heart to the brain through the neck. This screening involves three tests, a carotid ultrasound, magnetic resonance angiography and a cerebral angiography. An angiography uses a radio-opaque contrast agent injected into the blood vessels so that blockages can been easily seen.
Peripheral artery disease (P.A.D.) is a buildup of plaque in the arteries leading to the head, your organs and your limbs. If this plaque composed of fat, cholesterol, fibrous tissue, calcium and other substances blocks and artery partially or wholly, it could block the flow of blood causing pain and numbness in your legs. This in turn could result in an infection and even gangrene, the death of your flesh, leading to amputation of the limb. P.A.D. increases your chances of developing coronary artery disease, having a heart attack, a stroke or a mini stroke.
The screening for P.A.D. is non-invasive but consists of several different things.
- A) The patient must provide a personal medical history and a family history.
- B) Patient must complete a medical review.
- C) An assessment of leg pin is made.
- D) Blood pressure readings are taken.
- E) Body fat is analyzed.
- F) A body mass index is created.
- G) Cholesterol Panel taken.
- H) Blood glucose levels are measured.
- I) A lipid profile is made.
Next the ankle-brachial index is measured based on the blood pressure taken at the ankle compared to the blood pressure taken in the arm. A Doppler ultrasound is taken to check for block arteries. A treadmill test is administered to determine how much exercise the patient can do before symptoms start. A magnetic resonance angiogram shows images of the blood vessels revealing any blockages. The last step of the screening is the arteriogram which requires an injection of dye into the artery. This allows the blockage to be easily seen, so the extent of the blockage can be determined and learn more about Lifeline Screening.
Osteoporosis is a weakening of the bones due to the natural loss of bone mass as you age. This screening simply requires you to place your foot in an ultrasound device, a bone densitometer. It measures your bone mineral density. The heel bone has density like that of the hip which is most often fractured when osteoporosis develops and its Website.
Abdominal aortic aneurysm occurs when there is a weakening of the aorta creating a bulge. This major blood vessel carries blood from your heart through the center of your chest and abdomen. An aortic ultrasound can determine if there are blockages, narrowing or an aneurysm or bulge in the aorta and Lifeline Screening’s lacrosse camp.
All Life Line Screenings can lead to the detection of a potential or existing health problem. These screenings can improve one’s quality of life if a condition is discovered early. In many cases, the screenings save lives.