First Presbyterian Church (www.fpcmonroe.com) is hosting Life Line Screening on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. The screenings focus on vascular disease, including atrial fibrillation and peripheral arterial disease.
Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of irregular heartbeat and is a leading risk factor for stroke. Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a vascular condition related to heart disease and stroke. Both are detectable via simple, painless screening.
Screenings are fast, painless and affordable. Three key tests check for blocked carotid arteries, atrial fibrillation, and high blood pressure, which are the 3 leading risk factors for stroke. Nearly 800,000 strokes will occur this year, taking a life approximately every 4 minutes.
Other tests check for abdominal aortic aneurysms and PAD, also called “hardening of the arteries” in the legs. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women. Many events also offer blood tests, including cholesterol, glucose and C-reactive protein screenings, as well as take-home colon cancer early detection tests.