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Life Line Screening to visit campus Aug. 30

August 25, 2011

Life Line Screening logoNIU’s Employee Assistance Program is sponsoring a Tuesday, Aug. 30, campus visit from Life Line Screening.

Every year, more than 750,000 individuals experience a stroke and a third of them are younger than 65. Nearly 65 percent of all strokes occur without any warning signs.

The good news is that vascular disease is often preventable and treatable. Problems can be detected early and taken care of before symptoms occur and become a big problem. This provides an opportunity to identify your risk.

Representatives from Life Line Screening will be in the Capitol Room of the Holmes Student Center at 9 a.m. to offer four low-cost, non-invasive screenings using ultrasound technology:

  • Stroke/Carotid Artery Screening. Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in the United States and the second-leading cause of death in women.
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening (an enlargement on the aorta that, if left undected, can rupture and cause death.
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening. Eighty percent of people who have this disease also have some coronary disease of which they have no awareness.
  • Atrial Fibrillation. An irregular heartbeat can lead to a greater risk of congestive heart failure and stroke.

All four screenings are safe, pain-free and affordable at $139. An Osteoporosis Risk Screening can be added for an additional $10.

Those who are interested in getting one or all of the screenings must call (800) 324-1851 to make appointments. Pre-registration is required. Appointments will begin at 9 a.m.

Call (815) 753-9191 or email [email protected] for more information.