“I figured I would be talking to a cardiologist at some point in my life, but I thought it would be when I was 75, not now.”
“At my doctor’s urging, I had an EBT heart scan on Oct 21, 2008. I was 54. I was told that anything urgent would be reported to my doctor that day. If nothing was urgent, I would see a report at the end of the week. One hour later, my doctor’s office was calling to schedule a stress test. That test was done on Oct. 27th. An hour after getting back to my office, the cardiologist called to get me in to see him the next morning. He recommended a cardiac catherization. I asked when, he said, “This afternoon”. It was Oct.28th. My LAD was 99% blocked. I got 3 stents.
The “Widow Maker”
I have since learned that my blockage is called the “widow maker”. I had no symptoms. I am active and in a gym 3 to 4 times a week. I never had any chest pain or shortness of breath even while on the ellipticals or the stair masters. Nor did I have any indications during my weight lifting sessions. The EBT Heart Scan set in motion getting a lurking problem discovered and treated. If I hadn’t had that EBT scan, I would be headed right for a life-ending heart attack. As it is, I am still in the gym, doing what I like to do. I just wanted to extend my sincere heartfelt thanks.”