For whomever stole our grill at the office, we would greatly appreciate your bringing it back. It is used for a number of programs that we do for the benefit of our membership. The grill in fact was given to us. So whatever reason that possessed you to take it, we hope you feel guilty every time you use it.
On Monday, August 19th, Stroke Detection Plus will be in the auditorium performing health screenings. Many people go through their daily routines without realizing how dangerously close they are to suffering a life-threatening stroke.
Unfortunately, most people don’t notice a sign or symptom until after a stroke occurs. That’s why stroke is commonly referred to as the “silent killer,” ranking as the third leading cause of death in the United States.
But new technology is available today to help patients determine their stroke risk in advance so they can take steps to improve their health. Farm Bureau members can receive a $35 discount on Stroke Detection Plus preventative tests to help identify those who are at high risk for stroke, vascular disease and osteoporosis. Stroke Detection Plus, a mobile vascular screening company, uses ultrasound technology to find blockages of the body’s blood vessels that could lead to a stroke.
Unlike an angiogram, the Stroke Detection Plus ultrasound screening is performed without needles or injections, McGlothlen says. Patients remain fully clothed as the technician moves an ultrasound wand over specific areas of the body to detect any potential blood vessel blockages.
McGlothlen says the ultrasound results are 98 percent accurate. “In five minutes, we can tell people if they have a blockage. And they get these results confidentially, so it doesn’t affect their health premium,” he says.
During a Stroke Detection Plus screening, a certified ultrasound technician performs four preventative tests. These tests include the following:
• Carotid artery plague build-up or blockage – 75 percent of strokes are associated with blockage of the carotid arteries in the neck.
• Aortic aneurysm – 80 percent of aneurysm occur in the abdominal area.
• Peripheral vascular disease – Patients with vessel blockage in their arms or legs have four to six times greater risk of coronary heart disease.
• Osteoporosis – An ultrasound scan of the heal bone can determine if osteoporosis has weakened the skeletal system.
If the ultrasound test discovers a potential health problem, an on-staff registered nurse for Stroke Detection Plus will follow up with a phone consultation to encourage patients to visit their doctor for diagnosis and treatment, McGlothlen says.
Farm Bureau members aged 40 or above are encouraged to sign up for a Stroke Detection Plus screening if they have one or more of the following risk factors: high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol or a family medical history of heart disease or stroke.
Carroll County Farm Bureau will be hosting a Stroke Detection Plus clinic on Monday, August 19 from 9:00am – 4:30pm at the Carroll County Farm Bureau office. The cost for the Stroke Detection Plus screenings is $100 for Farm Bureau members.
Appointments are necessary and can be made by calling toll-free 1-877-732-8258.
Farm Bureau Classifieds
Carroll County Farm Bureau members can place up to two (2) free classified ads per week, with a limit of 250 characters per ad (not including spaces). Ads are limited to personal or farm items for sale/wanted to buy, or farm labor or services available or wanted. No ads for the sale or rental of real estate, garage sales, or commercial businesses will be accepted. To place an ad, call the Farm Bureau office at 815- 244-3001 by 4 p.m. Thursday to get your ad in the following week’s paper.
FS: Yukon gold potatoes. 50 cents per pound. 815-225-7510