Stroke and osteoporosis screening program coming

Residents living in and around the Cortez community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. Cortez Veterans will host Life Line Screening on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 320 North Harrison in Cortez. Louise Richards of Grand Junction attended a Life Line Screening and said, "If I had not taken advantage of your screenings I would never have known I had a problem."

Four key points every person needs to know about strokes:

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 us to avoid a stroke

Screenings are fast, noninvasive, painless, affordable and convenient

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 $159. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 877-237-1287 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.