MedAire Offers Free Cholesterol Tests to NBAA Attendees at Booth #775

Dépèche transmise le 28 septembre 2009 par Business Wire

MedAire Offers Free Cholesterol Tests to NBAA Attendees at Booth #775

MedAire Offers Free Cholesterol Tests to NBAA Attendees at Booth #775

ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For the 19th consecutive year, MedAire (booth 775) will offer free cholesterol screening to attendees of the 62nd Annual National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Meeting and Convention.

Test results, which are available within approximately five minutes, will be discussed one-on-one inside the booth with a MedAire MedLink Global Response Center emergency room doctor, including MedAire Medical Director David Streitwieser, FACEP, MD.

“Last year, we saw 600 conference guests in our booth taking advantage of this critical health screening,” reports Dr. Streitwieser. “Because cholesterol levels tend to rise with age, they should be checked often.”

The American Heart Association estimates that about 36.6 million American adults have cholesterol levels of 240 mg/dL or higher—the level at which cardiovascular risk begins to rise.

According to AHA.org, your Total Blood Cholesterol will fall into one of these three levels:

  • Desirable — Less than 200 mg/dL. In the desirable range, if your “good” HDL cholesterol, “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels are also desirable, and you have no other risk factors (i.e., age, gender, heredity, smoking, physical inactivity, overweight, etc.) you are at relatively low risk of coronary heart disease.
  • Borderline-High Risk — 200–239 mg/dL. People in this category should work with their doctors to develop a prevention treatment plan to avoid high risk.
  • High Risk — 240 mg/dL and over. People in this range typically have two times the risk of coronary heart disease than those in the desirable category.

“High cholesterol levels usually do not cause any physical signs or symptoms before cardiovascular disease develops,” explains Dr. Streitwieser. “The first step is to stop by MedAire’s Booth (#775) at NBAA and find out your risk level.”

In relation to this free cholesterol screening, MedAire’s Vice President of Aviation and Maritime Health Paulo Alves, MD, MSc will present the topic Cardiovascular Risk Factors for Pilots and Crew on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. During this session, Dr. Alves will discuss NBAA cholesterol screening results from 2008 and from the first day of 2009, giving a sampling of heart health on the NBAA showroom floor.

“Cardiovascular disease is one of the most common causes for a pilot’s medical disqualification in the United States and worldwide,” explains Dr. Alves. “And while there is no single cause for heart attacks, a series of risk factors can increase the likelihood of developing cardiac problems.”

PHOTO LINK: http://www.medaire.com/freecholesterol09.asp

About MedAire

MedAire, an International SOS company, provides aviation and maritime clients with fully integrated life-saving medical solutions to patients in the air and at sea—so first responders are never alone. With one phone call, MedAire offers 24/7 real-time access to emergency room doctors any time of day, from anywhere in the world. MedAire’s crew medical training is developed and delivered by medical professionals to build confidence and first-hand experience, and its vast array of industry-compliant and custom medical equipment has been defined by its Research & Development team of medical and regulatory professionals and based on decades of statistics and ISO standards. When crew or passengers need further support after their journey ends, the broader International SOS network enhances MedAire’s services throughout delivery.

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