Residents living in and around the Palmerton community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture.

The Palmerton Community Ambulance, located at 501 Delaware Avenue, will host Life Line Screening on March 9.

Packages start at 149. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.

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

- 80% of stroke victims had no apparent warning signs prior to their stroke.

- Preventive ultrasound screenings can help individuals avoid a stroke.

- Screenings are fast, noninvasive, painless, affordable and convenient.

For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-697-9721, or visit www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.

Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, 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. Many sites offer finger-stick blood tests to check for cholesterol and glucose.

Life Line Screening was established in 1993, and has since become the nation's leading provider of preventive screenings.