KULPMONT - Residents living in and around Kulpmont can be screened to reduce their risk on having a stroke or bone fracture. The screenings, sponsored by Evangelical Community Hospital, will be held July 21 at the Kulpmont Lions Club building, 833 Chestnut St.

"I probably wouldn't be here if not for Life Line screening," said Joanne Higgins, of Hanover, who attended one recently.

Four key points every person needs to know:

- Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent disability.

- Eighty percent of stroke victims had no apparent warnings prior to their stroke.

- Preventive ultrasound screenings can help you avoid a stroke.

- Screenings are fast, non-invasive, painless, affordable and convenient.

Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart ryhyhm, abdominal aortic aneurysms and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women.

Packages start at $149. All five screenings take 60 to 90 minutes to complete. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-237-1287 or visit the website at www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.