Weatherford Democrat

July 11, 2013

Stroke, Osteoporosis screenings coming to Weatherford


Weatherford Democrat

Residents living in and around the Weatherford community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. Couts Memorial United Methodist Church will host Life Line Screening on Aug. 3. The site is located at 802 North Elm St. in Weatherford. 

Heino Erichsen from The Woodlands, participated in a Life Line Screening event in January of 2009 and learned that he had an abdominal aortic aneurysm and a blockage in his carotid artery.

“Thank you for saving my life!” he wrote.

Four key points every person needs to know:

• Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent disability.

• 80% of stroke victims had no apparent warning signs prior to their stroke.

• Preventive ultrasound screenings can help you avoid a stroke.

• Screenings are fast, noninvasive, painless, affordable and convenient.

Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women.

Packages start at $159.  All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-237-1287 or visit our website at  www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.