Wayne CFB hosting stroke screening clinic
Screening to be held on October 24, 2012
Many people go through their daily routines without realizing how dangerously close they are to suffering a life-threatening stroke. Unfortunately, most people don’t notice a sign or symptom until after a stroke occurs. That’s why stroke is commonly referred to as the “silent killer,” ranking as the third leading cause of death in the United States. But new technology is available today to help patients determine their stroke risk in advance so they can take steps to improve their health.
Wayne County Farm Bureau members can receive a $35 discount on Stroke Detection Plus preventative tests to help identify those who are at high risk for stroke, vascular disease and osteoporosis. The Wayne County Farm Bureau will be hosting a Stroke Detection Plus clinic on Wednesday, October 24 from 9:00am – 4:30pm at the Farm Bureau office in Fairfield. The cost for the Stroke Detection Plus screenings is $100 for Farm Bureau members. Appointments are necessary and can be made by calling toll-free 1-877-732-8258.
Stroke Detection Plus, a mobile vascular screening company, uses ultrasound technology to find blockages of the body’s blood vessels that could lead to a stroke.
“Ultrasound technology is something that’s been around for 20 some years. And we’ve used the visual, non-invasive technology in lots of applications in the medical field. Pregnancy is probably the most well-known application of ultrasound,” says Scott McGlothlen, Stroke Detection Plus president. Ultrasound also can help doctors see blocked blood vessels without performing an angiogram, an invasive procedure in which a tiny catheter tube is inserted into a blood vessel. Unlike an angiogram, the Stroke Detection Plus ultrasound screening is performed without needles or injections, McGlothlen says. Patients remain fully clothed as the technician moves an ultrasound wand over specific areas of the body to detect any potential blood vessel blockages. McGlothlen says the ultrasound results are 98 percent accurate. “In five minutes, we can tell people if they have a blockage. And they get these results confidentially, so it doesn’t affect their health premium,” he says. During a Stroke Detection Plus screening, a certified ultrasound technician performs four preventative tests. These tests include the following: *Carotid artery plaque build-up or blockage – 75 percent of strokes are associated with blockage of the carotid arteries in the neck. *Aortic aneurysm – 80 percent of aneurysm occur in the abdominal area. *Peripheral vascular disease – Pat¬ients with vessel blockage in their arms or legs have four to six times greater risk of coronary heart disease. *Osteoporosis – An ultrasound scan of the heal bone can determine if osteoporosis has weakened the skeletal system. If the ultrasound test discovers a potential health problem, an on-staff registered nurse for Stroke Detection Plus will follow up with a phone consultation to encourage patients to visit their doctor for diagnosis and treatment, McGlothlen says. Farm Bureau members aged 40 or above are encouraged to sign up for a Stroke Detection Plus screening if they have one or more of the following risk factors: high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol or a family medical history of heart disease or stroke. “With Stroke Detection Plus, we want to start testing people when they are 40 or 50, because we want to catch it at an early stage before it becomes life-threatening,” McGlothlen says. “That way, you and your doctor know it’s there, and you can continue to work on it, and maybe it motivates you to make some changes.” Lifestyle changes, such as exercise and a healthy diet, can make a difference in helping to lower a person’s risk of stroke or heart disease, McGlothlen says. “We tell people to tape a copy of that (ultrasound) picture on your mirror. Let it be a motivator to not smoke that cigarette. Let that be a motivator to not stop at Burger King and have a Whopper that day,” he says.
For more information or to make an appointment, call toll-free 1-877-732-8258.
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