Mobile stroke screening service visits Portales

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer

Mobile service health care workers will be in Portales on Friday doing screenings to help people detect early warning signs of diseases which cause strokes, the third-highest killer of Americans, according to the National Center for Health Services.

Life Line Screening medical technicians will be conducting screenings to help people reduce the risk of stroke as well as other diseases. There were 162,672 deaths in the U.S. due to strokes in 2003, according to the National Center for Health Services Web site.

Life Line Screening will be in Portales at 9 a.m. on Friday at the Memorial Building and at the Clovis Community College at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Life Line Screening is a company based out of Cleveland which sends out mobile services to places such as Portales and Clovis to offer ultrasound examinations. They conduct preventative screenings through ultrasounds to detect early signs of aneurysms, arterial disease of the legs, osteoporosis and stroke.

“The biggest benefit to the patients is to find something in it’s early stages and prevent diseases,” Paula Motolik, public relations team leader for Life Line Screening, said. “People start to develop the beginning signs of these diseases at the age of 40.”

Tammy Phillips, a Roosevelt General Hospital registered nurse, said these screenings are also offered at Roosevelt General Hospital. Phillips said while Life Line Screening medical technicians are dedicated to the field of vascular screenings, RGH medical workers are able to offer a more extensive screening on health problems.

Phillips said one of the additional tests is the cardiac stress test performed at the hospital. Cardiac stress tests are used to evaluate the heart and vascular system during exercise used to find if there is an underlying heart disease which becomes apparent during exercise and how severe it is.

“I encourage people over the age of 40 to have these screenings,” Phillips said. “Heart disease can be detected in it’s early stages.”

She said the screenings focus on prevention of heart diseases. Motolik said the ultra-sound results gathered from Life Line Screening employees are given to the patients. If Life Line Screening employees find a critical or severe health problem, they direct the patient to their physicians so the physicians can help the patients with the additional precautions or steps needed to take to resolve the health problem.

Health screenings are individually priced at $55 or less and can be conducted in less than 30 minutes.

Another difference between the Roosevelt General Hospital and Life Line Screening’s offerings is the physician’s recommendation. Motolik said a physician’s recommendation is not necessary for people to have the screenings through Life Line Screening. Phillips said physicians must recommend the cardiovascular screenings before they are performed by hospital employees.

To schedule an appointment with Life Line Screening examiners, people can call 1-800-449-2281.