Life Line Screening and the Importance of a Proactive Approach to Health Care

Benefits of Preventive Care by Life Line Screening

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 2.6 million people die each year in the United States. Nearly seven in ten of these deaths are the result of chronic diseases, many of which could potentially have been prevented. While disease and death will always be an unavoidable part of life, modern medicine has given us a wealth of new tools and knowledge with which to prevent many of the greatest health issues we face as a species. In particular, preventive health care - vascular tests, ultrasounds, blood tests and other proactive measures - has proven to be an effective way to detect the early signs of health problems and begin proper treatment as early as possible.

The Benefits of Preventive Care

If you own a car, chances are you take it to your mechanic occasionally for an inspection or a tune-up. You may also have fluids and systems checked periodically to ensure they're in proper working order. This proactive approach helps to avoid more serious and costly issues at a later date, so why not take the same approach with your body? Preventive care services, like those offered by Life Line Screening, serve as an inspection for your body, evaluating key bodily systems and closely checking for signs of trouble.

Taking a proactive role in the management of your health offers many benefits. Diseases and other illnesses can be identified early on, often before you begin to show symptoms. In some cases, diseases can even be identified and prevented before they develop. Preventive screenings can also identify various health risk factors, allowing you to make simple lifestyle changes that may slow or prevent the development of certain health conditions. This proactive approach may also have a financial benefit, potentially saving thousands of dollars - or more - in medical costs.

How Preventive Screening Works

Everybody is different, and every person carries their own particular set of health risk factors. While everyone can benefit from preventive health screening, some tests are more important than others depending on known risk factors. That's why Life Line Screening works to identify the tests that are most important and most beneficial to each person depending on their age, medical history, family history and overall health risk profile. Our comprehensive preventive screening program includes the following tests:

Ultrasound Screening

An ultrasound is a test that uses the power of high-frequency sound waves - also called sonography - to create images of various organs and structures within the body. Though most people are familiar with ultrasounds because of their use in monitoring a pregnancy, ultrasound screenings are invaluable in detecting a wide range of other health conditions as well. This includes bone mineral density checks to screen for osteoporosis risk, ankle-brachial index screening to assess the risk of peripheral arterial disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm screening, and carotid artery disease screening. Best of all, ultrasound screening is quick, painless and non-invasive.

Finger-Stick Blood Screening

Finger-stick blood tests are used in a wide range of settings, and for good reason. A small, virtually painless prick is made on the soft pad of the finger in order to obtain a few drops of blood. This small sample is enough to screen for a variety of diseases and health indicators. A complete lipid panel is done to assess total cholesterol levels along with an evaluation of "good" HDL and "bad" LDL cholesterol levels. A glucose screening is done to measure blood sugar levels and assess the risk of diabetes. High-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) screening measures levels of C-reactive protein, which can be an indicator of various cardiovascular issues. Finally, a liver enzyme panel screens for high levels of ALT and AST enzymes, which may indicate impaired liver function.

Limited Electrocardiograph

A quick and non-invasive test, limited electrocardiograph (EKG) screening is a valuable tool in detecting atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation, more commonly known as an irregular heartbeat, is a risk factor in a number of cardiovascular conditions. This includes the development of blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other complications. This screening is important because many people who have atrial fibrillation report experiencing no serious symptoms, and early detection and treatment can significantly reduce the risk of strokes and other complications.

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Staying Healthy With Life Line Screening

Benjamin Franklin, one of America's founding fathers and most brilliant figures, once advised, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." These words are as true today as they were when Franklin first penned them in 1736, particularly when it comes to health care. Life Line Screening offers access to a host of simple yet powerful screening tools that can be used to assess current and future health risks, detect diseases and other conditions before they become serious and give you the opportunity to prevent certain health conditions before they start.

Every Life Line Screening test is designed by doctors and conducted by trained, experienced health care professionals. The tests are quick, safe and non-invasive, requiring little to no preparation. Blood tests and some other results may be available within minutes, and other results are generally received in the mail within 15 days. This information can then be shared with your primary doctor and, if any abnormalities are found, your doctor can work with you to determine the appropriate course of action.

Your health is your single most important asset, and it makes sense to do everything you can to protect it. Preventive health screening, along with healthy lifestyle changes and proper medical treatment, has the potential to slow or even prevent the progression of many serious and life-threatening diseases. With hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths each year in the United States alone, the incentive to take a more proactive approach to health care is clear. With the services offered by Life Line Screening, you can take active steps to ensure that you don't ultimately become one of these statistics.

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