New Study Demonstrates Community-Based Screenings Motivate Individuals to Improve Cardiovascular Health
New research published in a respected peer-reviewed journal demonstrates
that community-based screenings for cardiovascular risk may motivate
individuals to improve their diet, exercise more regularly, lower stress
levels, and even drive weight loss. The paper is based on results from
de-identified, self-referred individuals over 50 years old who Life Line
Screening screened in community settings for carotid artery disease,
peripheral artery disease (PAD), abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and
atrial fibrillation between January 2005 and August 2011. The findings
also show that Life Line Screenings database is broadly representative
of Americans over 50 years old, and as the largest collection of data of
its kind, could yield important insight on cardiovascular diseases risk
factors and how to manage them.
The article, titled Community-Based Screening: Identifying Risk and
Motivating Healthy Lifestyle Changes, will be published in the July
edition of .
Results related to potential behavior changes were based on a study
which followed up with participants once they had received their
screening results. Respondents reported that being screened and seeing
their results influenced their behavior in a number of ways, including:
These results are extremely encouraging, as they demonstrate that
community-based screening for cardiovascular risk can directly drive
healthier behavior and provide doctors with valuable information for
counseling and treating patients ultimately reducing costs to the
healthcare system and improving patient outcomes, said Andrew
Manganaro, MD, FACC, FACS Chief Medical Officer, Life Line Screening.
We believe the best solution to disease is early identification and
prevention. Given that cardiovascular disease and stroke claim nearly
800,000 lives a year in the U.S., these findings point to
community-based screening as a viable method of both identifying disease
with modifiable risk factors and motivating management of those risk
The paper also includes the findings of an analysis of a representative
nationwide sample of the database made up of millions of screenings
results. The incidence of risk factors and disease among this group was
compared to that found in the two largest studies of general health that
have been conducted in the U.S. to date, and confirmed to be
representative of the overall population.
This research shows that the Life Line Screening Database represents a
uniquely valuable new resource for studying heart disease and specific
risk factors, particularly given its unprecedented magnitude and
geographic diversity. This provides the ability to examine elements of
these diseases in greater detail and with more subgroups than has
previously been possible, said Stephen A. Brunton, MD, FAAFP, Adjunct
Clinical Professor, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
The Life Line Screening database has already been utilized as the basis
for a number of studies and peer-reviewed articles and studies by
various physicians and institutions. In addition, Life Line Screening
and Oxford University recently announced an ongoing collaboration to
produce research based on the database.
Another noteworthy finding from the paper was that the database showed
PAD to be more common among women than men. This directly contradicts
the historical view of PAD as a mens disease, a belief that has
heavily influenced how the disease has traditionally been approached by
physicians. This finding is particularly noteworthy considering that due
to current trends in smoking reduction, PAD is likely to only become
less disproportionately male.
In addition, the study found that patients with evidence of PAD, carotid
artery stenosis, or AAA were more likely to have one of the other
diseases affecting another part of the body. This correlation has
previously not been well-documented in prior research.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United
States. With nearly 800,000 strokes a year, strokes are the fourth
leading cause of death in the U.S., despite the fact that approximately
80% are preventable. In addition, 80% of strokes occur without warning
in asymptomatic patients, so they can only be significantly reduced by
finding and treating the disease before the stroke happens. Peripheral
arterial disease affects between eight to 12 million Americans
while atrial fibrillation affects an estimated 2.3 million U.S. adults.
The abstract of the paper can currently be found online here: https://postgradmed.org/doi/10.3810/pgm.2013.07.2675
Life Line Screening is a preventive health company and a leading
provider of community-based screenings in the United States, United
Kingdom, and Australia. Since inception in 1993, Life Line Screening has
screened over 8 million people, and currently screens about 1 million
people each year at more than 15,000 screening events. In addition, Life
Line Screening maintains a large and growing list of hospital and health
care system sponsors. Currently working with more than 160 hospitals in
48 states, Life Line Screenings services include detection of heart
disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, liver, and kidney conditions. The
company website is located at www.lifelinescreening.com.
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