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Stroke, osteoporosis screenings offered here

Residents living in and around the Alexandria, Minnesota community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture.

Alexandria Covenant Church will host Life Line Screening on Wednesday, November 2. The site is located at 4005 Dakota Street in Alexandria.

Four key points Life Line Screening says every person needs to know:

--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 prior to their stroke.

--Preventive ultrasound screenings can help you avoid a stroke.

--Screenings are fast, noninvasive, painless and convenient.

For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-697-9721 or visit the website

Pre-registration is required.

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. Many sites offer finger-stick blood tests to check for cholesterol and glucose.

Packages start at $139. All five screenings take 60 to 90 minutes to complete. Life Line Screening was established in 1993 and has since become the nation's leading provider of preventive screenings.