Getting a Life Line Screening can be a controversial subject. We’re going to take a closer look at what they do, answer some questions and give a little personal insight into their services so you can weigh the pros and cons for yourself.
What Does Life Line Screening Do?
Life Line Screening is for people who like to take a proactive approach to their health. Especially in these trying times, it can be weeks before you can get in to see your physician for anything. After that, you’ll have to wait even longer to see a specialist. With a Life Line Screening, you can get answers to your questions much sooner.
You will find Life Line screenings taking place in senior centers, corporations and even places of worship. That means if there’s a screening taking place anywhere nearby, you don’t have to be a member of a group since you’ll be making an appointment through the Life Line Screening website.
All of the technologists and sonographers are required to complete their formal medical training. They use state of the art equipment.
How Long Does a Life Line Screening Take?
They take about 90 minutes, including the time it takes you to fill out the preliminary paperwork.
Isn’t This a Scam? Won’t My Doctor Order These Tests?
A lot of doctors will try and talk you out of these screenings. They say these are covered by insurance. However, as far as the insurance companies are concerned, you’re a statistic. If you look at the statistics, this may only be covered by your insurance if you’re a male between the ages of 65 and 75. That means it may not be covered at an earlier age and so your doctor wouldn’t order the screening.
My own experience is that my husband died of an aortic aneurysm at the age of 60. Going through the funeral and all else, I discovered that many people of both genders in their 40’s and 50’s have died from this condition – a condition which your doctor tells you that you don’t even need to be screened for yet. Yes, that’s right. People have died from a condition because they were denied a simple test, one that wouldn’t have been ordered by their doctor for 20 more years.
Do Doctors Really Care After You Turn 65?
We’ve been told time and again to take responsibility for our lives but what if the people we choose to look out for our welfare, for whatever reason, are unwilling to go into a detailed evaluation of our common complaints? I recall my sister saying that she was quite tired. When she mentioned it to her physician, his flip remark was “that’s life.”
I told her that was an unacceptable response and she needed to get a second opinion.
There are too many people, doctors included, that think that aging is simply an inevitable event on the way to dying. They stop ordering yearly exams, dismissing our complaints and moving on to the next patient on the schedule. When that time comes we need to become our own advocates, fighting to find the reasons behind our ailments. My sister did get a second opinion and it turned out to be severe anemia. So much so that her body was unable to absorb iron for years. She wound up in the hospital lacking two quarts of blood. Let that sink in … you only have five quarts to work with. If she hadn’t taken my advice and gone to another doctor for a second opinion, she’d be dead. Death is not a symptom but that first doctor wrote her off as being on her way out nearly ten years ago.
Today, she’s her own advocate, attending seminars and reading up on the latest health breakthroughs. The doctor that diagnosed her anemia didn’t care for Life Line Screening. In much the same way the first doctor shrugged, he said that when he thought she needed a screening, he would order one. Her thoughts on this are much different. To her way of thinking, why not get screened once a year and catch problems before they become full blown symptoms as her first doctor had dismissed her nearly out of existence. She schedules a Life Line Screening every year.
The Life Line Screening process is simple. She likes the way you can see your body on the scan. Most hospital technicians will never show you a scan.
It’s also non-invasive so don’t worry about getting probed (yes, getting probed is no fun and Life Line won’t do that to you).
It’s been around since 1993. Life Line screening has been around for nearly thirty years. If they were a scam, they would have been shut down by now.
Life Line Screening takes pandemics seriously. You don’t have to worry about being screened before there’s a vaccine for Covid-19. Life Line takes all of the precautions necessary to keep you safe during your screening.
What Does Life Line Screening Actually Scan?
Life Line Screenings can include the following scans:
- Carotid Artery Disease
- Abdominal Aortic Disease
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Peripheral Arterial Disease
- High Cholesterol/Lipid Panel
- C-reactive Protein
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Elevated Liver Enzyme
- A1c Screening
- Prostate Cancer
- Vitamin D
There are different packages that are very affordable and include many of the screenings listed above.
What Methods are Used in a Life Line Screening?
The method used is related to the type of screening.
This is your typical ultrasound that is used during pregnancies so you know it’s safe. It can also detect a lot of other things, too. That’s why it’s such a popular screening device.
Finger-stick Blood Test
The same test that your doctor may have had you take at home. Have you ever tried this at home? On my first try, I got nothing, on the second, it looked like there had been a murder in my bathroom. I let the professionals handle this test now.
You may have already had one or two of these for specific reasons. It’s the same thing that you see on TV – patches stuck to the skin create a waveform that can tell what your heart is doing.
How Hard is it to get a Life Line Screening?
You simply go to their website and enter your zip code. From there, they’ll ask you to complete a brief survey.
Once that’s completed, you schedule your appointment and pay via credit card. All that’s left for you to do is show up. Keep in mind that depending on the screening you ordered, you may have to fast for up to 8 hours.
The best way to figure out if Life Line Screening is right for you is to take a closer look at their website, read some of the articles there and decide for yourself.