Vergennes community focuses on health screenings

VERGENNES - When it comes to healthy living, many Vermonters are commited to living longer, happier lives.

Case in point: the Vergennes community will put the spotlight on personal health with five special screenings held Wednesday, June 29, in an effort to increase public awareness.

Residents living in and around the Vergennes community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture.

American Legion Post 14 will host the special Life Line Screening on June 29. The site is located at 100 Armory Ln. in Vergennes.

Four key points every person needs to know:

•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 you 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.

All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.

For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-237-1287 or visit the screening website at www.lifelinescreening.com.

Pre-registration is required. There is a charge for screenings.

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