Stroke and osteoporosis screenings coming to Ocean View

Residents living in and around the Ocean View community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church will host Life Line Screening on April 9. The site is located at 81 Central Avenue in Ocean View.

Organizers said people need to know that 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; and screenings are fast, noninvasive, painless, affordable and convenient.

For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-697-9721 or visit the Web site at Pre-registration is required.

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 considered a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is considered appropriate for both men and women. Some sites offer finger-stick blood tests to check for cholesterol and glucose.

Packages start at $159. All five screenings take 60 to 90 minutes to complete.