Renown to host life line screening preventive health event

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Updated: 8/07/2014 1:56 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women in the United States, but preventative care and screenings can go a long way in improving diagnosis and treatment.

Renown Health will host the life-saving services of Life Line Screening, the nation’s largest provider of preventive screenings, to help local residents identify their risk of stroke, vascular disease and osteoporosis before the life-changing effects of these conditions can occur.

Screening can help detect diseases at an earlier and more treatable stage. Symptoms can sometimes be subtle and almost unnoticeable. For example, half of all stroke victims don’t have symptoms prior to their stroke. A simple screening may be life saving, according to a Renown Health press release.

Screenings will be held Thursday, Aug. 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Mack Auditorium at Renown Regional Medical Center on 1155 Mill Street. The cost of the Comprehensive Wellness Screening is $199; the Stroke and Vascular Screening is $129. To receive the screenings at these special discounted rates, call 866-964-5850 or register online at

Available screenings:

- Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) 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.
- Carotid Artery Screening – Doppler ultrasound is used for a painless and non-invasive screening to visualize the carotid arteries, the arteries that bring blood to the brain. The majority of strokes are caused by plaque buildup in these arteries.
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening – Ultrasound is used to visualize the abdominal aorta, the largest artery in the body, to measure its diameter. 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.
- 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 Screening – An EKG is used to monitor the heartbeat. Atrial Fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that affects the atria – the upper chambers of the heart – and is the most common form of sustained arrhythmia. For those over age 40, there is a 1 in 4 chance of developing the condition.

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