Stroke, bone failure can be prevented with screenings at Legion

Residents living in and around the Elk River community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture.

The Elk River American Legion will host Life Line Screening Feb. 23.  The site is located at 525 Railroad Drive, Elk River.

Marijo and Wayne Thoreson of Forest Lake attended a Life Line Screening and said, “If we hadn’t gone to the screening, we would never have known about the problem.”

Four key points every person needs to know:

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

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

•Preventive ultrasound screenings can help you avoid a stroke.

•Screenings are fast, non-invasive, painless, affordable and convenient.

For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-697-9721 or visit our website at  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.  Many sites offer finger-stick blood tests to check for cholesterol and glucose.

Packages start at $149.  All five screenings take 60–90 minutes to complete.  Life Line Screening was established in 1993, and has since become the nation’s leading provider of preventive screenings.