Heart check may have saved my life

By Sammy J. Franklin

Do you recognize the title of this column? It is the title of my column, which appeared in the March 11, 2009 issue of the paper. Saturday, March 10th, will be the ninth anniversary of my open-heart surgery.

In recognition of American Heart Month, which just ended, and in hopes it may help convince others they need to be checked, I wanted to take time to review the events that led up to me having open-heart surgery nine years ago.

The surgery did not come about because I suffered the usual chest pains, had a heart attack, or any of the other symptoms usually associated with heart problems. I had none of the above symptoms, but I had found myself over the past year or so tiring quicker when I would work in my yard, but I attributed that to growing older. 


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