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Sep 17, 2010 5:36 PM by Veronica White

Important Screening if High Risk for Stroke

Prevention of stroke and other deadly diseases starts with early screenings. "High risk" for stroke is the scary reality for locals like 41-year-old Burley Pellerin of Lafayette.

His father and brother died in their 40's from heart disease and he had high cholesterol, so doctors recommended he get the "advanced carotid artery screening."

"It's looking for significant blockages in the carotid arteries and its important because that greatly increases risks for stroke. Doctors are more aware today than the past about preventative medicine," says Dr. Rodney Burns, a radiologist at Our Lady of Lourdes.

Burley's screening shows his arteries are surprisingly clear, despite being high risk.

"It certainly makes me happy because with my history I have a lot of anxiety. I'm real proactive in contacting my doctor, if I see something like this where there's an opportunity to have a screening I'll actually call him," says Burley.

He says he is healthier because of his lifestyle, including a carefully watched diet and exercise.

To learn your stroke risk and risks for other health issues, you can go to Our Lady of Lourdes and KATC's Health Expo Saturday, September 18th at the Lourdes Imaging Center on Kaliste Saloom road.

You can check your blood pressure, get a stroke assesment, get your BMI--or body-mass-index--calculations, and find out about your bone density.

The screenings will be available from 8:00 until 11:00am.

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