Screenings to reduce the risk of stroke or bone fracture are planned Oct. 9 in Houston. 

Residents living in and around Houston can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. First Baptist Church in Houston will host Life Line Screening on Oct. 9.

Four key points every person needs to know, according to experts:

•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 before their stroke.

•Preventive ultrasound screenings can help you avoid a stroke.

•Screenings are fast, noninvasive, painless, affordable and convenient.

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 a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women.

Packages start at $159.  All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.  For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 877-237-1287 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com.  Pre-registration is required.

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