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Life-saving screenings in Rocklin help identify risk of stroke, disease

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Life Line Screenings may help save lives through a preventative health event at St. Augustine Episcopal Church in Rocklin. Life Line Screening, the nation’s largest provider of community-based preventive screenings, helps local residents identify their risk of stroke, vascular disease and osteoporosis before the catastrophic effects of these conditions can occur. The event is open to local residents and will be held from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 10 at 3825 Cincinnati Ave. “Offering preventive services can help save the lives of the members of our community,” said Mary Kathryn Burdick, certified parish nurse for St. Augustine Episcopal Church. “Many people are not even aware that these offerings are available to them and yet, these screenings are simple, painless and affordable.” Symptoms are rarely present and if they are, they are generally subtle, almost unnoticeable. In fact, half of all stroke victims are asymptomatic – meaning showing no signs or symptoms – prior to their attacks. A simple screening may prevent death or disability. 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, 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 four to six 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. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heart beat (arrhythmia) that affects the atria and is the most common form of sustained arrhythmia. To pre-register for a screening and to make an appointment, call (888) 653-6441. Life Line Screenings What: Preventative screenings for strokes, diseases, conditions When: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 10 Where: St. Augustine Episcopal Church, 3825 Cincinnati Ave., Rocklin Info: To pre-register and make an appointment call (888) 653-6441