Ss. Peter and Paul in Cary is hosting Life Line preventative health screenings from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 29. There are between five and six appointments remaining. The health screening is administered in four parts and takes 60 to 90 minutes to complete.
Good Shepherd Hospital is administering the health screenings, which use ultrasound technology to determine risk factors for strokes and other diseases. The cost of the stroke, vascular disease, and heart rhythm package is $139.
Life Line Screening’s mission is “To make people aware of undetected health problems and encourage them to seek follow up care with their physician.” Between 8 and 10 percent of all screenings result in abnormal to critical findings.
Good Shepherd recommends starting vascular screening beginning at age 40, and screening for strokes starting after age 40. According to the National Stroke Association, “risk of stroke increases with age and doubles every decade after age 55.” Those with high cholesterol and high blood pressure also are encouraged to consider a screening.
One of the major reasons Good Shepherd offers this preventative screening is to provide people with routes to preventative procedures covered by insurance. For those without symptoms, it can be difficult to obtain preventative treatment for strokes and other diseases. If risk factors needing attention are discovered, doctors can use the results of the screening to determine next steps, including ordering diagnostic testing and treatment covered by insurance.
Good Shepherd Hospital hopes to hold another Community Health Screening in the Cary area in October. To register for Wednesday’s screening, call 1-888-653-6441.