Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening Review

Government research supports preventive health screenings to improve health outcomes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that over 100,000 lives could be saved each year if all U.S. citizens received preventive screenings. Similarly, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends specific annual health screenings for men and women over the age of 50, many of which are offered by Life Line Screening.

Since launching in 1993, Life Line Screening is committed to serving residents of the United States with preventive health screenings. Twenty years of studies confirmed the accuracy and validity of Life Line Screening’s preventive health screenings, including those from the University of Florida (1998) Cleveland Clinic (2002), and a report by the World Congress of the International Union of Angiology (2014). Life Line Screening has its own Scientific Advisory Network, comprised of physicians, surgeons, and professors of medicine and surgery who serve as research leaders and guides in the field of preventive health screenings.

Recently, Life Line Screening began serving Medicare beneficiaries with accessd to advance care planning services and annual wellness visits by licensed Nurse practitioners. Life Line Screening also offers in-home Lab home test kits.

Pros
  • Detects risk for chronic health conditions before symptoms appear, and while customers can take preventive action
  • Convenient, non-invasive, and affordable

Cons
  • Asymptomatic screening is not covered by private insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid

Since Life Line Screening serves between 50,000 and 60,000 consumers each month, the company assists medical research centers and universities by recruiting consumers for clinical trials. At this time, Life Line Screening has partnered with more than 60 clinical trials in the areas of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and osteoarthritis, among others.

How do Life Line Screenings Work?

Life Line conducts health screenings in locations like community and senior centers, places of worship, civic buildings and some businesses host screenings. These screening events go on all around the country, in 48 states.

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To find events near you, start by entering your ZIP code on Life Line Screening’s website, then click the Schedule a Screening button and provide your age, height, weight, and answer a few health risk-related questions. Choose from the list of recommended preventive health screening packages shown on the website. Finally, purchase your health screenings and schedule an appointment on the site or by calling Life Line’s toll-free number.

At your screening, fully certified ultrasound technologists complete the health screenings. Life Line Screening sends results within two to three weeks via U.S. Mail, but some may be available immediately. You may also receive recommendations for further testing with your doctor, depending on your health screening results. State-licensed, board-certified physicians review all screening results after processing in a laboratory certified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s CLIA regulations.

Available Tests from Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening preventive health screenings encompass five categories:

  • Heart Disease and Stroke
  • Liver, Kidney and Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Bone and Joint
  • Wellness Panels

Consumers can learn about each health screening within a category on Life Line Screening’s website, including information regarding risk factors for a disease, the effect on the body if a condition is left undetected, the body part screened for testing and the recommended age to have a health screening performed.

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Most Frequently Purchased Preventive Health Screenings
Screening Test Your Risk Factors
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Age 50+
Genetics, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, male gender, obesity, smoking
Atrial Fibrillation
Age 40+
Coronary artery disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, sleep apnea, smoking
Carotid Artery Disease
Age: 50+ or 40+ with at least two risk factors
Diabetes, family history, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking
Chronic Kidney Disease
Age: 60+ or 50+ with risk factors
Diabetes, family history, genetics, high blood pressure, race/ethnicity
Colorectal Cancer
Age 45+
Inflammatory bowel disease, family history, low fiber diet, obesity, smoking
High Cholesterol/Lipid Panel
Age: Varies based on risk factors
Diabetes, family history, high-fat diet, high blood pressure, obesity, smoking
Osteoporosis
Age: 50+ or 40+ with risk factors
Low-calcium diet, physical inactivity, race/ethnicity, small frame, smoking
Peripheral Arterial Disease
Age: 50+
Diabetes, family history, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking
Type 2 Diabetes
Age: 45+
Family history, high blood pressure, obesity, physical inactivity, race/ethnicity

How Much Do Life Line Screening Preventive Health Screenings Cost?

Most health screening packages start at $149. An example of a $149 health screening package is purchasing five health screenings, four to check for stroke and vascular disease with one test for osteoporosis. A $228 package might include those five health screenings plus a comprehensive health assessment to identify risk factors for six chronic conditions.

Another option is Life Line Screening’s Wellness Gold Membership for $19.95 per month. This membership includes six standard health screenings performed annually in addition to any other vascular screenings deemed necessary by Life Line Screening ultrasound technologists.

Wellness Gold Membership benefits include:

  • One-on-one nurse consultations
  • Laboratory analysis up to $100 annually
  • Two free carotid artery screenings
  • VIP status with priority customer service via phone and at screening events

Life Line Screening Customer Support

Customer support representatives at Life Line Screening by telephone Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The website has an information reference section access by clicking Help to see answers to over 40 commonly asked questions about screenings, screening results, payment and billing, disease information, and the company itself. Life Line’s site also provides direct links to the company’s social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube.

Life Line Screening Complaints

Life Line Screening has an “A+” rating from the Better Business Bureau. Accredited by the BBB since October 1996, the company has an overall rating from consumers of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Many of the complaints revolve around unwanted marketing via mail or telemarketing, and some had issues with appointments or billing and collections. Life Line Screening addressed each complaint to solve the problem to the consumer’s satisfaction. Reviews on Life Line’s Facebook page ranked the company 3.6 out of 5 stars with 387 reviews.

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Life Line Screening Q&A

  • How can Life Line Screening offer preventive health screenings at such a low cost?
    Life Line Screening partners with community organizations to offer health screenings, so the company doesn’t have the expense of clinics or offices around the country. Life Line can pass on the savings of having such low overhead to consumers.

  • How are Life Line Screening’s ultrasound technologists trained?
    All Life Line Screening ultrasound technologists complete formal ultrasound programs and clinical rotations. Some technicians also complete other specialized training.

  • How often should I get Life Line Screening’s preventive health tests?
    Consider your risk factors, such as family history of diseases, and previous health screening results to determine the frequency of testing. Many Life Line customers have health screenings completed every year at around the time they have their annual physical.

  • Can my doctor order preventive health screenings from Life Line?
    Most doctors will not order preventive health screenings based on risk factors alone because most insurance companies won’t authorize or pay for the screenings. However, you should show your doctor the results from your Life Line Screening test if it reveals a potential health problem. Your doctor can order further tests or treatment at that point, and insurance should cover the cost.

  • How detailed are Life Line Screening’s test results?
    Screening results let you know if you have a health condition, but do not determine the severity. If your results are outside the normal range, you should see your doctor for comprehensive testing.

Conclusion

Life Line Screening preventive health screenings are a convenient, non-invasive, and affordable way to identify risk for potential health issues even before you experience any symptoms. Understanding what your body is NOT telling you enables you to be proactive about your health and work with your doctor to put together an action plan to prevent disease.

To find out more about Life Line Screening, visit their website, or give them a call at (866) 894-1432.


*Risk factors include diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, smoking (past or present), a family history of stroke or heart disease

Life Line Screening Reviews

Recent Reviews

March 20 2021 12:23PM

I thought to get an EKG screening. I did it through Life Line Screening. The process was good. I was in medicine so I knew a little bit of what was gonna happen but they explained everything. I feel good about the results.

Randy V.
Murfreesboro, TN
March 20 2021 7:47AM

Life Line's staff is good. I'm going through a tough time right now, and the screening has been sort of put off because I've got shingles. But overall, Life Line is good.

Margaret R.
Hamburg, NY
March 19 2021 12:55PM

The Life Line screening techs were very polite. Most of them were nice. There was a couple of them who's kind of snippy though.

Marlena W.
Grove City, OH
March 18 2021 12:38PM

I didn't like that Life Line didn't mail my wife's results of the screening the last time. We both went together. I got mine and she didn't get anything from them. I paid the same for both of us. I should not have to call them to get what they're supposed to send.

I got my results about a week after. They send the results on a paper, and I'm sure they sent my doctor a copy of it. He would know what it is, but it's hard for us to just go through and see what that is.

I know most of it, but I don't understand some of it. They could make it a little more like people talk.

Other than that, they waited on us right away. We had a few minutes to wait, but it was not bad. The location was nice over there. The people were nice.

Thomas B.
Saint Peters, MO
March 17 2021 4:33AM

My mother died of a stroke and we got Life Line's ad. We've used it ever since. I had a blocked carotid artery and I got in touch with my doctor after the results from the Life Line Screening. He sent me to a specialist and he had me on medication for a year.

In 2016, I had a surgery to get the blocked artery. My husband and I were tested again in February of 2019, and my husband was fine, except they said he had high blood pressure, which was very unusual for him.

This was on a Thursday, and he had an appointment with our primary doctor on the following Tuesday. I said, "Well, that's good. You're going in for your physical because we've got to mention this high blood pressure."

Unfortunately, he had an AVM stroke the Sunday before but he survived it. He collapsed. We were out for lunch, and I mentioned that his blood pressure was quite high when he was tested at Life Line Screening on Thursday.

So, we got a blood pressure cuff and put it on him. His blood pressure was sky high. I got an ambulance and got him to the hospital and it saved his life. Life Line has worked beautifully for the two of us.

Eleanor P.
Wilmington, DE
March 17 2021 1:40AM

I got 13 screenings at Life Line. The screening tech was alright. I went to the doctor and showed him my screening. They took blood and everything, and found out that my blood count was low.

Curtis W.
Bristol, TN
March 16 2021 10:02AM

I don't think Life Line Screening is doing something right. They ran that scanner into my neck. It was painful and I think all they're doing is flattening out the artery.

The technicians in Fort Morgan were really nice, but I didn't like the attitude of the lady that takes in all the information over here in Burlington. They got two technicians and they were doing the carotid artery, and they were cramming that thing in my neck on the left side.

They were taking forever on it for some reason. Then one of them called the other one over and told him to look at it. He said, "Well, I don't see what you're seeing." How could he come up with a correct assessment?

I spent a lot of money with them, and they're charging me 400-something. I paid at Burlington and I had something else to do, so I had to cancel it and went to Fort Morgan. I ended up paying more money. I never got the bone scan that I put down for.

So, I've had a bad experience with them lately. Also, my brother's been trying to get ahold of them. He said he never can get ahold of them to get in.

Bernard S.
Stratton, CO
March 10 2021 7:21AM

I had a good experience with Life Line Screening. They were helpful but still, I've been there several times, and they never have found any problem. I am short of breath. I'm seeing my heart doctor today, and he's gonna do the stress test.

Francena G.
Abingdon, VA
March 07 2021 12:55PM

Life Line stuck some things on me, shot me with little magnetic things and then they came back with something that says I had a partial blockage in one of my arteries. All in all, things went well.

I've been going to Life Line for a few years. I couldn't tell you when the first one was. Everybody's friendly, happy and well-versed in what they're doing.

Frank H.
Secor, IL
December 31 2020 8:29AM

I thought preventative screening was a good idea and it was at a good price at Life Line. I got five screening for a certain price. The results seemed all right.

Mary G.
Royal Center, IN
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