Do you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure? Have members of your family suffered from these ailments? Do you have a poor diet? If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, you may want to consider being screened for your risk of stroke through the services of Life Line Screening.

Life Line Screening uses ultrasound technology to view the plaque build up in your carotid arteries, the main arteries that carry blood to the brain. Blockages in these arteries are a leading cause of stroke.

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital and McHenry County Farm Bureau are pleased to host this Life Line Screening event at McHenry County Farm Bureau (1102 McConnell Rd, Woodstock) on Monday, May 14th. You may register for a Wellness Package with Heart Rhythm for $149. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. Life Line Screening also allows participants the opportunity to select individual screenings as well. Pre-registration is required to participate in this program call 1-888-653-6441 for more information.

Provided screenings will include:
Carotid Artery Screening - painless, non-invasive Doppler ultrasound is used to visualize the carotid arteries, the arteries that bring blood to the brain. The majority of strokes are caused by plaque build up in these arteries.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening -Ultrasound is used to visualize the abdominal aorta, the largest artery in the body, to measure the diameter of the aorta. 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.
Peripheral Arterial Disease 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.
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 is an irregular heart beat (arrhythmia) that affects the atria - the upper chambers of the heart - and is the most common form of sustained arrhythmia. 2.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and for those over age 40, there is a 1 in 4 chance of developing the condition.

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