Screenings aid in stroke prevention


May 05, 2000|By Donna Abel | Donna Abel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

STROKE IS AMERICA'S third-leading killer. It is also the No. 1 cause for nursing home admissions. Unfortunately, two of three people who suffer a stroke show no symptoms before the attack.

To help members of the community avoid a stroke, St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 16457 Old Frederick Road in Mount Airy will serve as the site for Life Line Screening, a 10-minute screening program, Tuesday.

This program provides noninvasive, painless screenings for vascular disease using the most advanced ultrasound and Doppler technology. The screenings will detect arterial abnormalities that can cause irregular blood flow.

Three types of 10-minute screenings are offered for $35 each: carotid vascular test, abdominal aortic aneurysm test and ankle brachial index test.

The carotid vascular test scans the carotid arteries in the neck for plaque buildup because 75 percent of all strokes are linked to carotid artery blockage.

The abdominal aortic aneurysm test is designed to diagnose aneurysms in the abdominal aorta. Most people who have an aneurysm have no symptoms.

The ankle brachial index test screens for peripheral arterial disease (plaque buildup) in the lower extremities, which is linked to coronary artery disease.

Life Line Screening will also offer an osteoporosis screening for bone mass density in women older than age 45 for $35. Osteoporosis is a painless and silent disease in its early stages and leaves 50 percent of people with fractured hips unable to walk without assistance.

Registration is required to set up a test time. For those who sign up for all three vascular screenings, a $10 discount will be applied to the osteoporosis screening test.

Appointments or information: Life Line Screening, 800-407-4557 or St. Paul's Church at 410-489-4411. Web site:

Remnant sale

Mount Airy Boy Scout Troop 428 will hold a yard and carpet remnant sale at 8 a.m. tomorrow at Mount Airy Medical Center, Route 27 and Watersville Road.

New carpet remnants up to 12 feet by 15 feet were donated by Mount Airy residents. The remnants will be sold at $3 per square yard, cash and carry.

The sale will be the site for a Perennial Plant Exchange.

Information: Mary Jo Burkett, 301-829-2822.

Jaycees cleanup

Mount Airy Jaycees is sponsoring a town cleanup from 8 a.m. to noon tomorrow. Town residents can take their water bills for identification and bulk trash to the Municipal Lot.

The Jaycees will pick up items for a donation. Tires, chemicals, batteries, paint cans, animal remains and other toxic waste cannot be accepted.

Items will be picked up on a first-come, first-served basis and spaces are limited. Information or to schedule a pickup: Denise Morgan, 301-865-5168.

Sing for Breath concert

Locust Grove Church of the Brethren, 13356 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy, will hold its second adult Sing for Breath concert at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Information: 301-829-2100.

Ice cream social

Twin Ridge Elementary School PTA invites parents to a free ice cream social at 6: 30 p.m. Monday in the cafeteria after the PTA meeting.

The school is at 1106 Leafy Hollow Circle in Mount Airy.

Information: Debbie Buckley, 301-829-2446.

Donna Abel's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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