Heart check may have saved my life

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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. Next Sunday, March 10th, will be the tenth 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 ten 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.

In early February of 2009, my wife and I were watching KALB-TV in Alexandria and they were advertising a new service at Rapides Regional Medical Center called “Heart Check” which measures the calcium scoring in your arteries.


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