Stroke, fracture screenings held in Maggie Dec. 1

Nov 15, 2012

Residents can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture.  St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church will host Life Line screenings Dec. 1, at 1422 Soco Road, in Maggie Valley.

The screenings are important because:

• Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent disability

• 80 percent of stroke victims had no apparent warning signs prior to their stroke

•  Preventive ultrasound screenings can help avoid a stroke

•  Screenings are fast, noninvasive, painless, affordable and convenient.

To schedule an appointment, call (800) 697-9721 or visit  Pre-registration is required.

Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women.

Packages start at $149.  All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.