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February 25, 2010   Email to Friend 

By Melissa Martin
(334) 612-5448
February 25, 2010

MONTGOMERY, AL -- With the latest addition of a new member benefit, Alabama Farmers Federation members can save money while protecting what is most valuable to them ---- their lives.

Alabama Farmers Federation and Stroke Detection Plus have partnered to provide a $30 discount for Federation members who elect to have ultrasound screenings for stroke/carotid artery disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and osteoporosis.

Members will receive each of the four available prevention tests for $95, with preliminary results given on site. All results will be further reviewed by board-certified, state-licensed individuals, and those with high-risk results will be contacted by a registered nurse.

"One of our chief priorities is providing our members with beneficial programs and services," said Federation Organization Director Mike Tidwell. "Not only will this program protect our members from paying high costs for these tests, but it can also save their lives. Taking advantage of each of these screenings could detect other problems before they become life threatening."

In 2009, more than 750,000 people became stroke victims. Of those, 80 percent could have been avoided with early detection. Today, strokes are the third-leading cause of death among Americans and a leading cause of adult disability.

According to the National Stroke Association, "Residents of the Southeast are so much more likely than other Americans to die of a stroke that epidemiologists call the region the 'stroke belt.' A new study suggests that the risk may be established early in life, because even when those born in the South relocate to another region as adults, they carry the increased risk of stroke with them."

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) ultrasound screenings test the blood flow through arteries. Though screenings are quick and painless, many Americans never opt for the test.

In the past 30 years, AAA occurrence has increased threefold. According to the Society of Interventional Radiology, AAA is the 17th-leading cause of death in the United States and accounts for more than 15,000 deaths each year.

Also prevalent among American adults is peripheral arterial disease (PAD), which afflicts about 12 million people. Many people never have symptoms of PAD, and those who do often mistake them for something else, such as back or muscle problems.

According to the American Heart Association, PAD can lead to gangrene and amputation if left untreated. Osteoporosis screenings are also available from Stroke Detection Plus. Today, it is estimated that 10 million Americans have developed osteoporosis, 80 percent of which are women. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 55 percent of people 50 or older have osteoporosis.

"Knowing your risk and participating in a screening are your best defenses against a life-threatening or -altering event. A simple, painless screening can detect conditions early and prevent a stroke from altering your life," said Kerry Fletcher, vice president of marketing for Stroke Detection Plus.

Stroke Detection Plus, a preventative mobile health screening company, has more than 47 years of wellness experience. It partners with hospitals, doctors, communities and corporations nationwide. All technicians with Stroke Detection Plus are graduates from accredited schools.

For more information or to set up an appointment, contact Stroke Detection Plus toll free at 1-877-732-8258, or visit StrokeDetectionPlus.com.

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