Church to host health screenings

CLINTON – A stroke occurs every 40 seconds and yet up to 80% of strokes can be prevented, according to a press release from Life Line Screening.

That's why First Congregational United Church of Christ is hosting a Life Line Screening preventative health screening Tuesday, July 16.

Screenings are fast, painless and affordable, Life Line says. Residents can be checked for blocked arteries -- a leading risk factor of stroke -- as well as abdominal aortic aneurysm, blockages in the arteries of the lower legs (peripheral arterial disease) and atrial fibrillation (Afib).

Nearly 800,000 strokes will occur this year, Life Line says, taking a life about every four minutes.

Life Line also offers a bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk for both men and women.

Many Life Line events offer blood tests, including cholesterol, glucose and c-reactive protein screenings as well as take-home colon cancer early detection tests.

Screening packages start at $139. Single tests cost around $70.

Registration is required. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-690-6495 or go to www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle.

Residents may also register by emailing Cheryl Porter at cporter@LLSA.com.