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7/6/2009 Bellaire, TX-- Area citizens can help protect themselves against such life-threatening diseases as stroke, vascular disease and erratic heart rhythm at a Life Line health screening Tuesday, July 28 sponsored by the Community National Bank (CNB) Community Club. Presented by Memorial Hermann, the screenings will be held at ChristChurch Presbyterian, 5001 Bellaire Boulevard in Bellaire.

“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 Betty as Bill’s ‘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.
Life Line Screening, which has screened more than five million participants nationally, provides these four facts to know about stroke prevention:

• 80% of stroke victims have no apparent warning signs
• Ultrasound screenings can help you avoid a stoke
• Stroke is a leading cause of death and permanent disability
• Screenings are fast, painless, affordable and convenient

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 the appointment, provide screening preparation instructions and secure payment by credit card. Participants may pay the day of the screening for an additional handling charge.

Community National Bank, an independent bank in Bellaire, is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The drive-through bank, 5235 Bellaire Boulevard at Ferris Street, is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to noon. The FDIC insures the deposits of Community National Bank, an equal opportunity lender.

For further information on the Health Screenings or the Community National Bank Community Club for seniors 50+, call (713) 664-4362 or go to the web, www.commnatlbank.com