Area ciresidents can help protect themselves against such life-threatening diseases as stroke, vascular disease and erratic heart rhythm at a Life Line health screening July 28 sponsored by the Community National Bank Community Club. Presented by Memorial Hermann, the screenings will be held at ChristChurch Presbyterian, 5001 Bellaire Blvd.
“I learned from my husband’s (Bill Williams), experience six years ago that preventative screenings like this with Ultrasounds can be life-saving,” said CNB Community Club Director Judy Williams. “Community Club member Betty Zumwalt encouraged us to attend a health screening in 2003, where Bill’s Ultrasound turned up some red flags, including swollen lymph glands. He then made an appointment with his personal physician, who referred him to an oncologist who diagnosed Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Bill also had an abdominal aneurism and subsequently had a stint put in.”
The Williams’s refer to Zumwalt as Bill Williams’ ‘guardian angel.’ Had he waited to see the doctor when symptoms for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma showed up, it most likely would have been too late to help him, according to the treating physician.
The July 28 Stroke/Vascular/Heart Rhythm screening includes: stroke/carotid artery disease; abdominal aortic aneurysm, Peripheral Arterial Disease and Atrial Fibrillation. The cost of the screening is $129. One may add an osteoporosis test for $10, for a total of $139. To add a heart and diabetes fingerstick blood to the ultrasound package costs $50, or $179 total.
Advance registration is required; the registration form is available at Community National Bank, 5123 Bellaire Boulevard at South Rice. A Life Line Screening representative will call within 48 hours to schedule an appointment, provide screening preparation instructions and secure payment by credit card. Participants may pay the day of the screening for an additional handling charge.