American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month – a fitting time to bring awareness to the dangers of heart disease and stroke.

Heart disease is the number 1 killer of women – 1 in 3 American women have heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of all adult Americans have cardiovascular disease.

Sand Lake Imaging would like to remind you, our community, to focus on your hearts and encourage you and your friends to get involved in this common goal: the eradication of heart disease.

Now is the perfect time to know your risks and take steps to decrease your chances of having heart disease.

Risk Factors:

  • High blood pressure: Having uncontrolled high blood pressure is one of the biggest risks for heart disease and stroke.
  • High blood cholesterol: High cholesterol increases the risk of heart disease. Diabetes, obesity, smoking, eating unhealthy foods, and not exercising contribute to high blood cholesterol.
  • Smoking: More than 37 million American adults are smokers. Thousands of young people start smoking every day. Blood vessels are damaged by smoking, which can cause heart disease.
  • Obesity: Extra weight stresses your heart.
  • Diabetes: Sugar build-up in your blood can damage blood vessels leading to heart disease. Nearly 10 percent of Americans have diabetes.
  • Inactivity: Being physically active keeps your heart and blood vessels healthy. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week.
  • Unhealthy eating: Most Americans eat too much sodium, increasing their blood pressure. Replace processed foods which are known to be high in sodium, with fresh fruits and vegetables to help lower your blood pressure. Diets high in trans-fat, saturated fat, and added sugar increase the risk factor for heart disease.
Go Red for Women – February 7, 2020

Changes You Can Make to Decrease Your Risk of Heart Disease

  • Don’t smoke. If you smoke, stop smoking now. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States.
  • Manage your health care: If you do have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, work with your care team to manage it through diet, exercise, and medications.
  • Eat healthy foods: Make heart-healthy changes to your diet. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and avoid processed foods and foods high in sodium.
  • Get active and stay active! Join an adult exercise class at the gym, go for a walk with a friend, or walk your golf game to get moving.

This year, Wear Red and Go Red for Women Day is on February 7th, to bring awareness about cardiovascular disease and save lives. Click here to find out how you can help in the fight against heart disease.

Sand Lake Imaging cares about your overall health. If you have concerns or questions about your heart health, please consult your physician.

Meet a friend for a walk.

National Hand Washing Week

The best way to prevent illnesses is to wash your hands frequently.

Hand washing reduces illness-causing germs

One of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick is by washing your hands.

You should wash your hands often to stay healthy, especially during key times when you’re likely to get and spread germs:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick with vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Before and after treating an open wound
  • After using the restroom
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up after a child who has used the restroom
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage (ie, taking out the trash)
  • After using your cell phone 

Washing your hands the right way:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water, turn off the tap, and apply soap
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. (Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end, twice).
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean paper towel. Turn off the running water with the paper towel.

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs, but if you can’t wash your hands, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Hand sanitizers:

  • Do not get rid of all types of germs
  • May not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy
  • Do not remove harmful chemicals from hands like pesticides and heavy metals
  • May be more drying to your hands than using soap and water

How to use:

  1. Apply the hand sanitizer to the palm of one hand
  2. Rub your hands together
  3. Rub the sanitizer over all of the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry.

The best way to keep illness-causing germs at bay is to wash your hands frequently and when that’s not an option, use hand sanitizer. Stay healthy!


Epilepsy Awareness Month

Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disease after migraine, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease.

According to the Epilepsy Foundation, Epilepsy is a change in the normal brain activity that can result in various types of seizures which can last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. These are not the type of seizures that are caused by a high fever (febrile seizures).

Epilepsy remains misunderstood by the general public, discriminated against, and underfunded in research initiatives, despite the staggering number of people affected.

Because anyone can develop epilepsy at any time, and the number of people it affects, everyone should know more about it.

Epilepsy Facts:

  • 1 in 26 people in the United States will have epilepsy at some point in their life.
  • 1 in 10 Americans will have a seizure.
  • 5.1 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with epilepsy or a seizure disorder in the past.
  • 3.4 million American adults and children live with epilepsy.
  • Epilepsy costs the United States about $15.5 billion in healthcare and other expenses.
  • 60% of epilepsy cases have no known cause.
  • 150,000 people are diagnosed with epilepsy each year.
  • 30-40% will live with active seizures because available treatments do not work.
  • Epilepsy is not contagious.
  • Epilepsy is everywhere.
  • In 6 out of 10 people with epilepsy, the cause is unknown.
  • Epilepsy changes lives, impedes development, affects learning, causes accidents, and may result in early death.

Ways you can help

For more information, please consult your physician.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer kills more people than the next three cancers combined.

Lung cancer can affect anyone, whether they smoked or not.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November is an effort to raise awareness of the need for more research and better community awareness of this disease.

Lung cancer can affect anyone, whether they smoked or not.

An estimated 156,000 lung cancer deaths are expected to occur in 2019. This is about 27% of all cancer deaths. Federal funding for lung cancer research per death is just $1,680 compared to $25,000 for breast cancer, $12,600 for prostate cancer, and $6,300 for colon cancer.

Lung cancer has the lowest 5-year survival rate of the other most common cancers.

  • Lung Cancer 17%
  • Prostate cancer 99%
  • Breast Cancer 89%
  • Colorectal Cancer 65%

Thanks to advances in technology, early detection screening using spiral CT has been shown to reduce lung cancer deaths by 16-20%, compared to standard chest x-rays.

When detected early, lung cancer patients have more treatment options and a far greater chance of survival. The key is being tested for lung cancer early.


Lung cancer symptoms aren’t normally apparent in the early stage. Typically, lung cancer is diagnosed in a late-stage due to the symptoms being more prevalent.

Classic symptoms of lung cancer, that by themselves aren’t generally worrisome. If you experience any of these symptoms, please talk to your doctor to rule out lung cancer.

  • Persistent cough (especially coughing up rust-colored sputum)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hoarseness
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Chest pain
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Bone pain

Tests your doctor may recommend:

Risk factors for lung cancer:

  • Smoking
  • Exposure to second-hand smoke
  • Exposure to radon gas
  • Exposure to asbestos
  • Exposure to other carcinogens
  • Air pollution
  • Arsenic in drinking water
  • Previous radiation to lungs
  • Personal or family history of lung cancer

Ways you can help:

If you have any of the symptoms above or for more information, please consult your physician.

National COPD Awareness Month

November is National COPD Awareness Month, which is when the focus is on educating people about COPD.

COPD affects an estimated 11 million Americans.

An estimated 11 million Americans suffer from COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and several million other Americans likely have it and don’t know it.

Early diagnosis and treatment can help people with COPD live a higher quality of life and health.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the symptoms of COPD are:

  • Frequent coughing or wheezing
  • Excess phlegm or sputum
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trouble taking a deep breath

COPD is diagnosed by taking a simple breathing test called spirometry. Treatment includes medication, pulmonary rehabilitation, and supplemental oxygen.

You can find out more information on COPD at the COPD Foundation’s Facebook page.


Men are facing a health crisis, yet it’s rarely talked about.

Movember is a movement to get people talking about men’s health.

Men are dying too young. We can’t afford to stay silent.

The Movember movement was started to raise money to get more research and awareness for Prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.

Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1250 men’s health projects around the world, shaking up men’s health research and transforming the way health services reach and support men. To find out more about the work Movember is doing, click here.

Ways to Get Involved:

  • Grow
    • Decide to Grow
    • Grow your mustache
    • Inspire other people to grow out their mustache for men’s health
  • Move
    • Commit to running or walking 60 miles over the month
    • Connect a fitness tracker to your Mo Space and log every step
    • Encourage others to move along with you
  • Host
    • Choose the type of function you’re hosting
    • Let family and friends know where you’ll be and when
    • Collect donations from attendees

So, if you’re inspired to grow a Mo’, let’s see it! Share your Mo’ with us on our Facebook page.

National Women’s Health and Fitness Day

September 25, 2019 is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day

Women’s Health and Fitness day is meant to bring awareness to the importance of regular exercise and healthy living for women of all stages of life.

Healthy Lifestyle Ideas:

  • See your physician for a checkup to monitor your health and make adjustments as needed.
  • Eat “superfood” – broccoli, apples, other fruits and vegetables, and lean meats.
  • Take up a new sport or take your current sport to a new level with a trainer.
  • Take a nap. Sleep is beneficial to your heart, mind, and weight.
  • Take a walk with a friend. Not only is the walk good for your body, but the time spent with a friend is also invaluable to your emotional well-being.
  • Eat foods high in calcium and vitamin D, like dairy products and leafy greens.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Get a massage. The health benefits are immeasurable.

Of course, working out with a friend is one of the most fun ways to get and stay in shape. Take it from Claudia and Alma, our amazing marketers!

Pink October 2019 Press Release


Media Contact:
Alma Van Der Velde at 407.7653781 or


Initiative provides free screenings to women in need

ORLANDO, Fla. (September 13, 2019) – Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. Every year, more than 250,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed; an average of one woman every two minutes. Unfortunately, many women in Central Florida will forgo this important annual screening because they lack health insurance.

Shepherd’s Hope and Sand Lake Imaging are partnering to provide free mammograms to women in need in our Orlando community. For each new patient who gets a mammogram at Sand Lake Imaging during the month of October, the facility will donate a free mammogram screening to an uninsured Shepherd’s Hope patient. It is the seventh consecutive year for the “Get a Mammogram, Give a Mammogram” initiative held in conjunction with national Breast Cancer Awareness Month

“One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, but for those who are uninsured, this life-saving procedure is far from reach,” said Pam Gould, president and CEO of Shepherd’s Hope. “We are grateful for our longstanding partnership with Sand Lake Imaging that allows Shepherd’s Hope to provide local uninsured women with this essential medical exam at no charge.” Shepherd’s Hope provides free primary and secondary medical services to the one in four Central Floridians who are uninsured or underinsured at five health center locations in Central Florida.

Annual mammogram screenings can detect breast cancer early and help reduce breast cancer mortality. “Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among American women of all ages, with 21 percent of all cases occurring before the age of 50,” said Dr. Robert Posniak, women’s specialty radiologist and president of Sand Lake Imaging. “Routine annual screening mammography for an average-risk woman beginning at the age of 40 has been proven to save lives and gives more treatment options if diagnosed early. Our mammography provides better, earlier breast cancer detection for patients with results that are significantly more accurate than 2D exams alone, detecting 20-60% more invasive breast cancers than its 2D counterparts. We also reduce callbacks by up to 40%, compared to 2D alone.”

Screening mammogram appointments can be scheduled at any of Sand Lake Imaging’s three convenient outpatient radiology centers during this Pink October and up till December 31st, 2019. To schedule an appointment call 407-363-2772 or Schedule Your Appointment Today!.

About Shepherd’s Hope

Shepherd’s Hope is the leading voice for the uninsured and underinsured in Central Florida. Founded in 1997, the faith-based nonprofit organization provides free primary care and specialty care medical services to uninsured men, women, and children from five free-standing health centers in Orange and Seminole counties. In 2017, Shepherd’s Hope provided 19,575 free patient visits and medical services thanks to partnerships with 2,800 licensed medical and general volunteers, 3 community hospital systems, 100 diagnostic/secondary providers and 23 multi-faith partners. To learn more, visit their website or call (407) 876-6699, ext. 228.

About Sand Lake Imaging

Sand Lake Imaging is committed to providing the highest quality diagnostic imaging to the patients and physicians of the Central Florida community in a cost-effective and timely manner. The staff and radiologists recognize that, in the performance of their duties, they must continually seek to improve services while remaining sensitive to patients’ needs. Learn more by calling (407) 363-2772.

In Partnership With Shepherd’s Hope, Pink October 2019

This October, Sand Lake Imaging partners with Shepherd’s Hope for the Seventh Year

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is one of the most important health awareness initiatives in the United States in terms of the research and fundraising that is done to find a cure. Sand Lake Imaging has once again partnered with Shepherd’s Hope to bring the Get a Mammogram, Give a Mammogram to the Orlando community again.

A Gift From One Woman to Another

During the month of October through December 31st, every new patient that gets a mammogram at one of our three locations gifts a free mammogram to a woman in our community who is uninsured.

A reminder of why it’s important to get mammograms.

“Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among American women of all ages. Routine annual screening mammography for an average-risk woman beginning at the age of 40 has been proven to save lives and gives more treatment options if diagnosed early.” – Dr. Robert Posniak, women’s specialty radiologist and president of Sand Lake Imaging

When you’re scheduling your mammogram this year, the choice is clear. Sand Lake Imaging delivers 3D mammograms with half the radiation of a standard 2D image and half the compression time. Screening mammogram appointments can be scheduled at any of Sand Lake Imaging’s three convenient outpatient radiology centers during this Pink October and up till December 31st, 2019.

Every Woman Receives a Gift

In addition to partnering with Shepherd’s Hope to help local, uninsured women receive mammograms, Sand Lake Imaging wants to encourage women to obtain their annual mammograms beginning at age 40. To show our appreciation to all of our patients for choosing Sand Lake Imaging, we are also giving away this beautiful Breast Cancer Awareness compact mirror to any patient who has a mammogram at any one of our three facilities. To schedule an appointment call 407-363-2772.

Prostate Cancer Awareness

National Prostate Health Month is observed every September

Bringing public awareness to the importance of prostate health, providing more accessible prostate health screenings, educating about risk factors for prostate-related diseases, and advocating for more research on prostate health issues.

In light of National Prostate Health Month, here are some facts regarding Prostate cancer:

  • This year, over 161,000 men will be diagnosed with Prostate cancer.
  • It is the most common non-skin cancer in men in the United States.
  • More than 90% of men who are diagnosed have localized disease, meaning the cancer has not spread outside of the prostate.
  • Nearly 3 million men in America are Prostate cancer survivors.
  • Two screening tests detect prostate cancer:
    • Digital rectal examination
    • Blood test which detects prostate-specific antigen
  • A diagnosis is then confirmed with a biopsy.
  • There are three care options for localized Prostate cancer:
    • Active surveillance – some prostate cancers may never become life-threatening. If you and your doctor choose this option, you may have more frequent DRE and PSA tests.
    • Radiation therapy – Brachytherapy and external beam radiation are the two types of radiation therapy. With brachytherapy, small radioactive “seeds” are planted in the prostate. With external beam radiation, the prostate and other vital tissues are carefully targeted with radiation.
    • Surgery or Radical prostatectomy – This is an operation to remove the whole prostate and nearby tissues.
  • If you are over 55 years in age talk to your doctor about prostate screening.
  • Some men are at higher risk. If you are 40 to 54 years old and are African American or have a family history of prostate cancer, it is recommended that you consult your physician for a prostate screening.
  • To look for Prostate cancer that may have spread, some imaging tests may be performed. Those include:

At Sand Lake Imaging we are dedicated to providing the highest quality diagnostic imaging to the patients and physicians in our communities.

Our imaging equipment is the most advanced in our area and our radiologists are among the best trained in Central Florida. When it comes to your medical imaging procedures, trust the tradition of imaging excellence at Sand Lake Imaging. Our office located in The Villages is equipped with the latest state of the art 3T MRI technology and parameters to maximize prostate imaging and the detection of prostate cancer.

Ask your doctor to send you to Sand Lake Imaging in Orlando, Lady Lake, or Maitland for your diagnostic imaging needs.