Stroke Detection Plus will be screening Thursday, September 15 from 8:30 – 4:00 at the Clay County Community Center, 311 Highway 638, Manchester.
Appointments are necessary. Call toll-free 1-877-732-8258. The four screening profile is only $99 for Farm Bureau members and $125 for community members.
Many people go through their daily routines without realizing how close they are to suffering a life-threatening stroke. Unfortunately, most people do not notice a sign or symptom until after a stroke occurs. This is why stroke is commonly referred to as the “silent killer,” ranking as the third leading cause of death in the United States.
New mobile technology is available to help patients determine their stroke risk in advance so they can take steps to improve their health.
Stoke Detection Plus, a mobile vascular screening company, utilizes ultrasound technology to identify individuals who are at high risk for stroke and cardiovascular disease, as well as osteoporosis.
“Ultrasound technology is something that has been around for over 50 years. Medical professionals have used the visual, non-invasive technology in many applications. Pregnancy is probably the most well-known application of ultrasound,” says Scott McGlothlen, Stroke Detection Plus President.
Ultrasound can also detect blocked blood vessels without performing an angiogram, an invasive procedure in which a tiny catheter tube is inserted into the blood vessel.
“Unlike an angiogram, the Stroke Detection Plus ultrasound screening is performed without needles or injections,” McGlothlen says. “Patients remain fully clothed as the technician moves an ultrasound probe over specific areas of the body to detect potential blood vessel blockages.”
McGlothlen says the ultrasound results are 98 percent accurate. “In five minutes, we can tell people if they have blockage. They receive confidential results, so it does not affect their health insurance premium,” he says.
During a Stroke Detection Plus screening event, a certified ultrasound technician performs four preventative tests. These tests include the following:
Carotid Artery (Stroke): Visualizes the buildup of plaque in the carotid arteries that can lead to stroke.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Visualizes an existence of an aneurysm in the abdominal aorta that could rupture and be fatal. This condition is highly hereditary.
Peripheral Artery Disease: Checks for blockages in the legs. Abnormal results indicate a high risk of coronary artery disease.
Osteoporosis: Screens for abnormal bone mass density in men and women. Osteoporosis is silent and painless until a bone fracture occurs. Early treatment is painless and effective.
“If the ultrasound screening discovers a potential health problem, an on-staff nurse for Stroke Detection Plus will follow up with a phone consultation to encourage patients to visit their doctor for diagnosis and treatment,” McGlothlen says.
People ages 40 and above are encouraged to sign up for a Stroke Detection Plus screening if they have one or more of the following risk factors: high blood pressure, diabetes, more than 20 pounds overweight, smoke, have high cholesterol, live an inactive lifestyle, or have a family medical history of heart disease or stroke.
“Stroke Detection Plus wants to start screening people when they reach 40, because we want to catch it at an early stage before it becomes life-threatening,” McGlothlen says. “That way, you and your doctor know it’s there and you can continue to work on it, and maybe it motivates you to make some changes.”
“Lifestyle changes, such as exercise and a healthy diet, can make a difference in helping to lower a person’s risk of stroke or heart disease. We tell people to tape a copy of that ultrasound picture on your mirror. Let it be a motivator to not smoke that cigarette or to not stop for fast food and have a greasy meal that day,” McGlothlen says.
A two minute virtual tour of the screenings being offered can be found on the Stroke Detection Plus website, www.strokedetectionplus.com
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:15