Residents living in and around the Neosho community can be screened to reduce the risk of having a stroke or a serious bone fracture, as Life Line Screening will host a screening Thursday, June 26, at Neosho’s Northside Baptist Church.

“Tests include a core package of cardiovascular tests plus laboratory tests for blood work like cholesterol, glucose,” said Joelle Reizes, communications director with Life Line Screening.

A breakdown of the tests:

• Stroke/carotid artery screening: Ultrasound evaluation of the carotid arteries that screens for buildup of fatty plaque – the leading cause of strokes.

• Heart rhythm screening (atrial fibrillation): A quick and easy test using EKG electrodes placed on the arms and legs to identify the presence or absence of an irregular heartbeat at the time of the screening.

• Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening: Ultrasound is used to screen for the presence of an aneurysm in the abdominal aorta that could lead to a ruptured aortic artery.

• Peripheral arterial disease screening: Evaluates for peripheral arterial disease (plaque buildup) in the lower extremities. It is four to five times more likely you will die from heart disease if you have peripheral arterial disease.

• Osteoporosis risk assessment: An ultrasound measurement of the heel bone to determine abnormal bone mass density. Osteoporosis is painless and silent in its early stages.

The price for all five screenings is $149, a savings of $126.

Those who will be going to the upcoming screening are to pre-register by calling 1-800-364-0457 priority code FFPM-461.

“We will help callers understand al the tests we offer that are appropriate for them,” she said. “Most are designed for people ages 50 and over with cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking and a family history of disease. For example, this is true for tests that look for the underlying causes of stroke — carotid artery disease and atrial fibrillation. More info is available on our website at<”

Reizes said the tests were very important.

“The whole concept is about being preventive,” she said. “Screenings can help identify silent disease at an earlier stage when it is most easily treated.”

She added that if tests show immediate action is necessary, results would be divulged the same day. Otherwise, results would come in the mail on about two weeks.

Reizes  said 80 percent of stroke victims have no apparent warning signs or symptoms and when detected, four out of five strokes can be prevented.