Friday, April 2, 2021

Author Spotlight: Maisie Hill's Perimenopause Power


     Today on the blog I'm sharing a brief excerpt from Maisie Hill's new book, Perimenopause Power: Navigating your hormones on the journey to menopause." From the title alone, I knew this book would be perfect for many of my readers. The book is described as, "An empowering guide to menopause, packed with advice on dealing with symptoms and understanding the most effective treatment options. The handbook exudes calm positivity and makes sense of complex physiological processes in an easy-to-understand manner, helping women to understand what the hell’s going on with them and provide instruction on what can be done to improve their experience of the dreaded change."

     Readers, I think you will find Maisie's book super informative and helpful. Below is an intro to Perimenopause Power and a link to purchase this fabulous book. 


                               PERIMENOPAUSE POWER 


****Copyright © Maisie Hill, 2021. Reprinted with permission from Green Tree.

You might wonder what a 40-year-old is doing writing a book about menopause. I mean, that’s something that happens in your fifties, right? Not quite. 

Whilst the average age of menopause is 51, menopause itself only lasts for one day, because it simply marks the one-year anniversary of your last period. Perimenopause, on the other hand, refers to the period of time in which you’ll have cycles, but start to experience ‘menopausal’ symptoms. When most of us are talking about menopause, what we actually mean is perimenopause. Perimenopause is most likely to start in your forties, but for some, it will begin in your thirties. It can last as little as two years or as long as 12, and if more of us were aware of the subtleties of this transition, we’d recognize the hallmark signs of our hormones shifting far sooner and actually be able to do something about it. 

To begin with, you might notice that your periods roll around quicker than they used to and that you need to up your game in order to manage blood loss. Symptoms such as night sweats, insomnia, headaches, migraines, and breast tenderness may appear in the days surrounding the start of your period. These are the early signs that your hormonal landscape is shifting and that you’re entering your perimenopausal years. With time, those signs will become increasingly prevalent, and in the later stage of perimenopause, your periods will become less frequent and other symptoms, such as vaginal dryness, joint pain, and bladder changes, will become more likely. 

You may be someone who glides through perimenopause without any significant issues. You might hurtle into it unexpectedly and feel rocked to your core. You might be comfortable managing your experience without help. You might want to do things ‘naturally’ and feel confident that you can. You could be up for taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and whatever else modern medicine has to offer. You could also find that somewhere along the line your thoughts and feelings about how you’ll manage ‘the change’, change. What works well for you at first may not do the same further down the line, and one form of treatment might work wonders for your best mate, but not for you. 

Whatever your thoughts on how best to navigate the menopause transition are, you’ll find explanations and strategies that will help you in this book. Your needs are likely to change throughout this process – and it’s okay to change your mind about how you support your health and wellbeing. I don’t want you to judge yourself, or anyone else, for the choices you make. Whatever course of action you decide upon, I want you to feel good about it. My hope is that this book will help you to make decisions about your medical care and your life because indecision is exhausting. 

By the end of this book, you’ll have a chunky toolkit of tips and techniques that you can use to improve your experience of perimenopause as well as your postmenopausal years. 

***You can buy the book here:  https://geni.us/Perimenopause_Power


Author Bio: 

Maisie Hill is a highly qualified and sought-after expert in menstrual health and is the author of Period Power, a book lauded as ‘life-changing’ and ‘essential’ by readers. For over 15 years Maisie has worked with clients to support them through all aspects of their hormonal journey – from menstruation to menopause and beyond. She hosts the Period Power podcast and is the founder of The Flow Collective, an online community that helps members to harness their hormones and get their cycle working for them.

Depending on where she is in her cycle, when she’s not working Maisie is either having an adventure with her four-year-old, or enjoying some alone time along the beaches of Margate.

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Friday, March 19, 2021

Fly On The Wall In The Tiki Hut


     Welcome to another edition of Fly On The Wall group blog postings hosted by Karen of Baking In A Tornado. Today, four bloggers are bravely sharing a peek inside their homes for you to see what a fly on the wall might see. 

     At the Doyle house, the fly saw us doing the happy dance when we were successful in booking our first COVID vaccine appointments for this coming weekend. I never thought I would be so thrilled to get a shot! I am anxious to return to my Zumba classes, to visit friends in St. Augustine, and to enjoy a dinner out that I don't have to cook! Of course, I will still be wearing my mask, but knowing that herd immunity and freedom are just around the corner makes me SO HAPPY!



     Meanwhile, the fly always gets to listen in on the stupid stuff we say around the house. Here are a few tidbits of conversation:

"Help! There's a cockroach in the kitchen! Somebody kill it!"                                         

"How big is it?" 

"Big enough that it needs a leash!"




"I love cuddling up with you on the couch to watch tv. It's so romantic."

"There is nothing romantic about watching you use a file to scrape the calluses off your feet while I'm trying to watch a movie."


"If I eat six Skinny Cow ice cream cones in one day, does that make me a fat cow?"





"I need to go to the hardware store to buy some spackle."

"Is it for the wall or to fill in the cracks on your face?"


"I have this nagging cough that won't go away."

"The dog has it, too. I think you both have Kennel Cough."




"I can't believe the doctor found a bunch of stones in my gall bladder on the X-ray."

"Aren't they caused by too much cholesterol in your bile?"

"Yeah, so pass me another donut. I might as well add another gallstone to my collection."


"I hate that I've gained so much weight during this pandemic. None of my pants fit."

"It's time for you to Google search Maternity Jeans For Men." 




"I just read an article that said eating eggs improves our memory. I eat a lot of eggs."

"What else did the article say?"

"I don't remember."


     As you can see, the fly on the wall got an earful this month. Hopefully, he skipped eating eggs and has no recollection of what he overheard.....or saw what happened in our backyard tiki hut. Wait, what??

 


***WANT MORE MENO MAMA??? Check out my first essay for AARP's "THE ETHEL". Read it HERE And my first article for Hello Bonafide HERE  Plus my latest piece for Always Pets HERE

 

Buzz around and click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

 

Baking In A Tornado                  https://www.BakingInATornado.com

Never Ever Give Up Hope             https://batteredhope.blogspot.com

Menopausal Mother                   http://www.menopausalmom.com/

Wandering Web Designer        https://wanderingwebdesigner.com/blog   


 









Friday, March 12, 2021

Covid-19: A Year In Review


     On March 11, 2020, the world as we knew it changed. On that day, The World Health Association declared COVID-19 a pandemic, and a doctor that few of us had ever heard of became a household name overnight. Dr. Anthony Fauci emerged on Capitol Hill with dire warnings about a mysterious virus from Wuhan, China, that was sweeping the world at an alarming rate. His daily updates and predictions on the spread of COVID-19 kept us glued to our televisions in the evenings as we tried to learn more about this debilitating virus.


     Within days, more shocking revelations hit the media: The Dow Jones was plunging, Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for COVID-19 in Australia, and the NBA announced that it was suspending its season. Then the dominoes fell quickly one by one as schools shut down, flights overseas were canceled, and hospitals were inundated with patients complaining of severe, flu-like symptoms. 

     Businesses closed, traffic stopped, and the world became eerily silent when it went into complete lockdown to "flatten the curve." It was the wake-up call that none of us saw coming; we were at war with an unfamiliar, unrelenting virus that killed people across the globe and left families mired in grief. 

     We never imagined that we would be where we are today, a year later, still in masks, still disinfecting surfaces, and still social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

     But things are improving now with vaccines ramping up to protect us against this terrible virus; vaccines that give us hope and shine a light at the end of this very long, dark tunnel that we've been traveling through. And hopefully, within 2021, we will be visiting our families without masks, hugging our grandchildren without fear, and traveling to places we could only dream of in 2020. 

     


     I will never forget what was the "new normal" in 2020, but most of all, I will remember the brave heroes on the front line in hospital scrubs who worked tirelessly to save lives. We have learned so much from this pandemic---how it brought out the best and the worst in people and irrevocably altered our perception of the world. Our country was united in suffering, but the arguments over politics and science ran deep, dividing us in ways we never imagined. 

     In July, when my home state hit record high numbers for coronavirus cases, I paused a moment to reflect on how life had changed and made a note of all the small things I'd taken for granted that had become the big things in 2020. I wanted to remember all of these important moments in time that have transformed history: 

*Curfews and mask mandates became the norm. We debated how to wear masks and which ones were most effective. Maskers and anti-maskers fought bitterly over their right to wear or not to wear. While the police fined those caught in public without masks, the entrepreneurs with sewing machines stayed busy designing creative masks that became part of our fashion wardrobe. 

*Toilet paper turned into a precious commodity overnight as people began stockpiling it. The stores couldn't keep up with the demands and were forced to limit the amount sold. This caused fistfights in the aisles while others rationed the small squares of tissue with their families. 

*Grocery stores changed, too. A limited number of people were allowed in the building at one time. Arrows marked the aisles to keep shoppers moving in a single direction to avoid crossing paths. Circles were painted 6 ft. apart on floors for people waiting in the check-out line. The cashiers worked behind plexiglass shields. And then the meat shortages occurred, forcing stores to limit the number of packages sold per person. Shelves were quickly emptied of disinfectant wipes, gloves, paper towels, household cleaners, and antibacterial soaps. Farmers were forced to throw out millions in fresh produce and milk once the food industry closed down. 

*We learned to Facetime and Zoom for virtual work meetings or chats with friends and family we could no longer visit in person.

*Essential workers who risked their lives daily became the new superheroes of the world. We honored them nightly at 7:00 p.m. by banging on pots and pans to show our appreciation. In the darkest hours of the pandemic, our hospitals ran out of beds and ventilators. Loved ones died alone, and refrigerated trucks became makeshift morgues. 


*We canceled weddings, funerals, graduations, vacations, and family reunions. We ached to see our loved ones but could only wave to them from windows, driveways, or from our computer screens

*Without access to restaurants, we rediscovered our kitchen skills and learned how to cook from scratch. We passed the time during lockdown by baking loaves and loaves of homemade bread. 

*DIY projects were all the rage, along with gardening, purging our closets, and organizing our homes.

*Thousands lost their jobs, and unemployment skyrocketed as our country sank into a deep Depression. 

* With gym closures, we dusted off our bikes and our running shoes for outdoor workouts and online exercise videos to burn off the "Covid 15." 

*We got a glimpse of what everyone's REAL hair color was. Grey was back in fashion, as were shaggy hairstyles and DIY cut jobs. 

* Netflix binging was the norm, and no one felt guilty for spending hours in front of the TV. Tiger King was the #1 show to binge on. 

*We disinfected our house and our groceries and washed our hands until they cracked and blistered. Hand sanitizing gel was in short demand unless we were willing to pay the inflated prices for a bottle online. 


*Conspiracy theorists came out of their basements to declare the virus an elaborate hoax created by the government. They protested outside the Whitehouse and demanded that the lockdown be lifted. 

*Parents were severely stressed from juggling their childrens' homeschooling schedules while simultaneously working full-time from home.

*Ageism ran rampant as people argued over who should be saved first--the elderly in nursing homes or the younger generation.

*Every night, the news delivered the depressing numbers of Covid cases and death tolls. We went to bed, not knowing what the future held, and feared we might not survive. 

*Pregnancies increased, as did day drinking, weight gain, anxiety, depression, and lethargy. 

*Gas prices dropped considerably, skies turned vivid blue without the usual amount of pollutants in the air, and our waterways were cleaner than we had ever seen them. The streets were so quiet that we could finally hear nature's heart beating. 

*Our daily lives were captioned on social media by popular hashtags: #QuarantineLife, #MaskUp #StaySafe #COVID19 #FlattenTheCurve #StayHome #SocialDistancing #Rona #Lockdown #HerdImmunity 

     I hope that all of these things will be nothing more than a distant memory in the coming year. Right now, it still feels surreal and has left its scars on the world. But I've witnessed our resiliency and have faith that we will mend. 

     I'm ready for the next chapter to begin.  








Friday, February 26, 2021

Nature Knows Best: Natural Hormone-Free Hot Flash Remedies


 If you are still in the throes of menopause, chances are that you're experiencing hot flashes. There is nothing worse than carefully applying your makeup in the morning only to end up with eyeliner running down your cheeks from a flash of heat raging through your body. 

Luckily, there are many alternatives out there for combating these uncomfortable menopause symptoms. One such company is Kindra, and I am pleased to share their advice on natural hormone-free remedies for hot flashes. 

***This article is brought to you by Kindra. Kindra is a health & wellness brand, empowering women who are experiencing the hormonal changes of peri/menopause to care for their bodies naturally, safely, and holistically, through our line of estrogen-free essentials. 

         Nature Knows Best: Natural Hormone-Free Hot Flash Remedies


Hot flashes can be a challenging aspect of menopause, one that is often discussed in women's health chats when the concept of the midlife evolution arises. It’s no wonder we are all dreaming of a world where hot flashes are merely a mild side effect of this journey, rather than a focal point. 

A part of expertly managing hot flashes is ensuring there is enough support and options for those who experience them. Many menopausal support options involve products with hormones or hormone replacement therapy (HRT). However, hormones aren’t an option for everyone and many like to opt for as natural remedies as possible.

What Causes Hot Flashes?

Hot flashes (or hot flushes, depending on where you're located in the world) can begin in perimenopause, also known as the early stage of menopause, and continue into post-menopause. When your body enters its midlife years, your estrogen levels begin to decrease. This decrease of estrogen levels triggers the body's internal thermostat (the hypothalamus) to become much more sensitive to slight changes in body temperature. This means if your body's temperature drops one degree, the hypothalamus will go into overdrive to regulate your body's temperature. But due to this hypersensitivity, it can overheat your body, thus signaling a hot flash to occur.  

Non-Hormonal Treatments and Natural Remedies for Hot Flashes

The Kindra Core Supplement is the perfect answer to hot flashes. It’s specially developed to treat the 7 most common signs of menopause, including hot flashes, mood swings, fatigue, night sweats, brain fog, disrupted sleeping, and stress. It has two plant-powered ingredients that make the formula unmatched: Pycnogenol® and Ashwagandha.



 

Pycnogenol® is a pine bark extract native to the coast of France. It is lauded for its antioxidant value that exceeds Vitamin C by a long shot. It is particularly amazing for managing hot flashes due to its ability to promote healthy blood circulation. It also supports the heart, amplifies immunity, and even makes skin smooth and supple. Pretty amazing, right?


Ashwagandha is the second ingredient in the Core Supplement that sets the formula apart. Ashwagandha is an adaptogen, which means it helps your body adapt to its highs and lows, returning you to a calm and balanced state. Used for over 3,000 years in Ayurvedic medicine, it is known to reduce stress and boost brain functioning. These two herbs come together in our FDA-approved formula to create an incredible answer to common menopause symptoms. 

Another natural remedy that you can easily add to your food is flaxseeds. Plus, flaxseeds also curb vaginal dryness - try adding a handful to your oatmeal.

Soy plant isoflavones have shown efficacy in minimizing the occurrence of hot flashes, though some are sensitive to soy, thus nixing this as an option for relief. If you're interested in this course of action, try out red clover to see if it helps you. The aforementioned antidepressant Paroxetine is an FDA-approved non-hormonal treatment for hot flashes. 

Evening primrose oil is another herbal product that provides support in dealing with hot flashes. 

Lifestyle Changes to Make Menopause Easier

When thinking about natural remedies for hot flashes, lifestyle changes can be equally useful in decreasing the severity of hot flashes. First off, you'll want to curb your intake of spicy foods alcohol and caffeine - these can be major hot flash triggers. 

Be sure to wear breathable fabrics. Cotton, linen, and silk are all natural materials that are light on the skin, thus keeping you cool and comfortable during a hot flash. COVID-19 has mandated the use of masks for all as we work to protect one another - be sure your mask is also in a comfortable, natural material. 

Night sweats can be a major stressor. Kindra also has a Sleep Enhancing Supplement that targets menopause-induced sleep disturbances, including night sweats. In addition to this supplement, try keeping a damp washcloth with a few drops of eucalyptus oil in it by your bedside. You can lay the washcloth on your forehead and neck to help cool your body down if you're awakened by an intense hot flash.

Tend to your other menopausal symptoms to ensure you can stay as comfortable as possible should a hot flash come on. Kindra makes a Daily Vaginal Lotion that tackles vaginal dryness, ensuring that discomfort down there is one less thing for you to stress about during your daily routine. 


A balanced diet and exercise regimen is another key in managing hot flashes. Weight loss in those who are carrying extra weight has been shown to decrease the frequency of hot flashes. Plus, developing a strong relationship to a healthy lifestyle is always a plus during the midlife evolution as it will serve as a protective factor against diabetes and heart disease.

Curious what Kindra products are right for you? Take the menopause quizKindra has a great offer for Menopausal Mom readers. Take 20% off your first order or first subscription with code MARCIA20.



Friday, February 19, 2021

Fly On The Wall During The Valentine's Day Challenge


Welcome to another edition of Fly On The Wall group blog posting, hosted by Karen of Baking In A Tornado. Today, four bloggers are bravely letting you into their homes to see what goes on behind closed doors. At the Doyle house, we were busy shooing the fly away from our Valentine's Day treats. But he got an earful about my love life.

                                          

Last weekend, everyone on social media was posting photos of their Valentine's Day celebrations---oodles of flowers, candy, champagne, and romantic cards. But what caught my eye was the #ValentinesDayChallenge, a questionnaire on how you met your current partner and when you knew he or she was THE ONE. I got such a kick out of reading everyone's responses, I thought it was time to come clean about my own twisted tale of love (that almost didn't happen because of a photograph). Here are the answers I posted on social media about my hubs Mac:

How’d you two meet? On a blind date in 1982. We spoke on the phone for a month, exchanged photos by mail, and then he ghosted me because he didn't think I was cute enough. I called him a week later, chewed him out for being an ass, and was ready to hang up when he suddenly said, "My God, you've got moxie. I like a feisty woman. Wanna go to a Sheena Easton concert with me?"

This is the 1982 photo I sent to Mac, He didn't like my hair. Duhhhh it was the 80s!

Married?
Yes, 37 years on April 7th. Can't believe we have survived this long without killing each other. Just kidding----he's my soulmate, except for the days he forgets to refill the toilet paper roll.
First Date: NOT a Sheena Easton concert (thank God). We went to the Stained Glass Pub in Ft. Lauderdale. He ordered a sissy wine spritzer, I ordered a double-shot rum collins. ***If you know how we are today, then you know who is the bad influencer in this relationship.
How long have you been together: 39 years. Yeah, I can't believe it either because sometimes he does stuff that makes me ask, "Do I know you??"
Age difference: 3 1/2 years. He's older, and I never let him forget it when he gets up from the couch with a loud groan.

Mac did NOT look like this photo when I met him. Imagine less hair...like a LOT less hair....
Who was interested first:
First him. Then me. Then him. And finally, it was mutual. FYI, he did NOT look anything like the photo he sent me from a time when he had a head full of hair and could pass as Tom Selleck's twin.

Who is taller: He is by 2 inches. If I wore high heels, I would tower over him, so I wear flats because I don't want to look like The Jolly Green Giant next to him.

Who said I love you first: He did after we watched E.T. at the movie theatre. We went down to the beach and he said it. I did not say it back because I was still thinking..... and thinking.....he waited a long time to hear those words.....
Most impatient: Me. Always me. Except when the cable goes out during his beloved Heat games.
Most sensitive: Him. He cried at E.T.
Loudest: Me. Especially after a few libations. I laugh too loud.
Most stubborn: Him. No, me. Okay, both of us. My anger has a longer hang time.
Falls asleep first: Him. I'm too busy staying up late on Facebook and watching cat videos.
Better morning person: Him 100%. He is loud and talkative when he wakes up. I need my coffee first before I feel like people-ing. 

Wedding day, April 7th, 1984

Better driver: Him, because I freaking HATE driving. But I do share my opinions about his driving skills when he is behind the wheel 
Most competitive: Him. Don't ever sit next to him during a Chiefs game. And playing Monopoly with him? Aw HELLLLL no.
Where do you eat out most as a couple? Nowhere. There's a damn pandemic going on, didn't you know? But we do love Chinese take-out food the best.
Who is more social? Him, after a few beers. Me, 24/7. He also talks to house plants. Does that count?
Where was your first kiss? In a parking lot. It was our first date. We had just gotten out of the car---I stopped him and said, "Why don't we just kiss right now to see if there are any sparks, and that will determine if this date will continue?" Needless to say, I felt FIREWORKS, so the date continued for 39 years.
20 years ago, married about 17 years here. Guess who the dominant one is in our marriage?

Who initiated your first kiss?
Duhhhhh, it was me.🤷‍♀️
How long did it take to get serious? 24 hours.
Plans on a date night? Our fave date night is sitting in the backyard garden, listening to oldies tunes and singing to them karaoke-style to annoy all the howling, stray cats in the neighborhood.
Who picks where you go to dinner? Me, because Asian food is life.
Who is the first one to admit when they’re wrong? Him. Yeah, sorry about that.
Who has more tattoos? Me. I have 7. He only has one which I talked him into getting several years ago after too many glasses of wine. But we don't talk about that night.
Spends the most? Toss up---I'll spend a lot of small amounts of money on garden and house decor stuff. He goes big with outdoor grills, bikes, orthopedic shoes, and....water spraying fans. Hell, I have no idea where his mind goes when he shops.
Where is the furthest you two have traveled? Montana. Waiting for that retirement RV to travel the U.S.
Who drives when you are together? He thinks I drive like Mario Andretti, so yeah, it's always him Didn't I already tell you that I hate driving?


"Come grow old with me, the best is yet to be."

 

Click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

 

Baking In A Tornado                  https://www.BakingInATornado.com

Never Ever Give Up Hope             https://batteredhope.blogspot.com

Menopausal Mother                   http://www.menopausalmom.com/

Wandering Web Designer        https://wanderingwebdesigner.com/blog

 


Wednesday, February 17, 2021

It's Heart Health Month! Are You At Risk For Cardiovascular Disease?

February is Heart Health Month, a time to raise awareness and motivate more Americans to take better care of themselves by practicing a heart-healthy lifestyle. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. CVD involves diseases of the heart or blood vessels and can lead to stroke or heart failure if not treated in time. The good news is that an estimated 90% of Cardiovascular disease may be preventable* with early detection and lifestyle changes. Risk factors for CVD include: 


Age 50 and above 

Overweight

Family history of stroke or heart disease

Smoking

High blood pressure

Diabetes

High cholesterol 


If any of these risk factors apply to you, I urge you to consider annual ultrasounds through Life Line Screening. Even if you are asymptomatic, early detection is crucial before cardiovascular issues can become a bigger problem. The process is amazingly convenient and efficient, with no prescription or health insurance necessary. Appointments can easily be made over the phone or online (without a referral from a physician), and testing facilities are available all over the U.S., which makes it super convenient. The process is entirely painless and non-invasive with the use of an ultrasound wand. Unlike an x-ray, the ultrasound has zero radiation exposure. These same tests can be very costly if performed in a hospital since many are not covered by insurance if they are asymptomatic or do not fall into the high-risk category for cardiovascular disease.

 

I've been getting the screenings annually for 13 years (you can read my story HERE) since my family has a history of stroke, blood clots, and aortic issues. My mother and I always scheduled our tests together, but she chose not to have the screening done the year before she passed away. 


I'll never forget the night she called and asked for help because of a searing pain she was experiencing. My mother was rushed to the hospital, where it was determined that she'd experienced an aortic aneurysm rupture. I knew the odds were not on her side; the mortality rate for a ruptured aorta is exceptionally high, and given that her own father had died from the same type of aortic issue, I was frightened for her. 


My mother passed away one month later despite surgery to repair the damaged aorta. I couldn't help but wonder if her circumstances would have been different if she'd accompanied me during my last 

Life Line Screening. Aside from living a healthy lifestyle, prevention of an aortic rupture begins with ultrasound surveillance. To this day, it still haunts me that my mother skipped her last opportunity to be screened, but it has also made me even more determined to continue my annual appointments and to encourage my friends and family to do the same. 


                        Image: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening



Life Line Screening offers a great, inexpensive ultrasound package that screens the vascular system for plaque build-up in the arteries. The test involves 5 screenings for only $149 that include:  

  

   *An ultrasound of the carotid arteries to identify plaque blockages (these are fatty blockages that build up in the arteries and prevent proper blood flow to the brain). 

  

  *An ultrasound of the abdominal aorta (the largest artery in the body) to look for an aneurysm, an abnormal enlargement of the aorta which, if it ruptures, is nearly always fatal but which can be easily and safely treated if identified before that. 

  

 *Peripheral Arterial Disease screening to check the circulatory condition. If blood vessels are narrow from plaque build-up, the blood flow to the limbs is reduced considerably, affecting the arteries in the legs. 

  

 *Check for Atrial Fibrillation to search for irregular heart rhythms. If the heart isn't beating properly, blood pools in the small chambers of the heart and causes clotting. These clots are then pumped out of the heart and can travel into the brain, putting the patient at high risk for a stroke. Atrial fibrillation can also contribute to heart failure, and other heart complications. 


*The Osteoporosis Test is used to detect bone density. As we age, our bones become more porous and lose mass, making them susceptible to fractures. 


                                  Image: Carotid Artery Screening


My testimonial on the importance of these ultrasound tests is just one of many from others who have benefited from the opportunity that Life Line Screening offers: 


"This testing literally saved my life. It detected a AAA aneurysm which I was able to inform my cardiologist. A few months ago it was decided it was too dangerous not to repair. If I had not known I probably would have died. Thank you Life Line Screening. " - Janis, New York


 "I HIGHLY recommend people do this! I had NO symptoms, but my screening showed 90% blockage in one artery...that screening saved me from an imminent stroke - and quite possibly saved my life." - Hilda, Texas


 "I am a vascular surgeon and I have always found people who went to Life Line to have received accurate results." Cynthia, Illinois


 "This testing literally saved my life. It detected a AAA aneurysm which I was able to inform my cardiologist. A few months ago it was decided it was too dangerous not to repair. If I had not known I probably would have died. Thank you Life Line Screening. " - Janis, New York

     

It's Heart Health Month, so what better time to be proactive about maintaining a healthy vascular system? Please consider scheduling an appointment----you deserve the peace of mind that Life Line Screening offers! 


CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE AND SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT HERE: https://discover.lifelinescreening.com/lmac/?sourcecd=LMAC002 


*Source: McGill HC, McMahan CA, Gidding SS (March 2008). "Preventing heart disease in the 21st century: implications of the Pathobiological Determinants of Atherosclerosis in Youth (PDAY) study"







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