A Heart Scan Saved Liz's Life (Video)
Liz Price retired in November 2016 after being a Franciscan Health nurse of 40 years. She enjoyed the retired life with her husband, which included going to the gym to work out.
During her workouts, Liz noticed she was becoming short of breath and suffering from fatigue often. This was unusual for her, and Liz became worried.
Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease in the United States, killing over 370,000 people annually, but a simple, non–invasive heart scan can assess the risk of coronary artery disease.
What Is A Heart Scan?
A heart scan is a non-invasive procedure that assesses the risk of coronary artery disease. While it only takes about 10 minutes to perform, it's the most advanced heart scan of its kind, offering greater accuracy and detail than other traditional CT scans.
To qualify for a heart scan, you must be between the ages of 40-80 with one of more of the following risk factors:
- Current or former smoker
- Family history of heart disease (parent or sibling)
- Abnormal cholesterol (such as high cholesterol or low HDL)
- High blood pressure or are being treated for high blood pressure
After seeing an advertisement on TV for the $49 heart scan at Franciscan Health, Liz scheduled an appointment.
A Cardiac Event Averted
During the testing, it was discovered that Liz was a candidate for open-heart surgery. In September 2017, Liz had the surgery with five bypasses.
"Instead of me giving care, I was receiving care. The entire staff, the cardiac cath lab, surgery staff was all wonderful," she said.
After surgery Liz began her cardiac rehabilitation and things have gone back to her normal routine.
"My life is pretty much the same," she said. "We still go to the gym. We still are active. I just feel better." she said.
Doctors told Liz that she would have eventually had a coronary because of the amount of blockage that she had. Without the heart scan, she would not have known about this and the blockage could have led to more serious health problems.
Liz recommends people to have the heart scan done, even if you are not having symptoms. "The $49 heart scan obviously saved my life, and it can save a lot more lives if people would have them done," she said.
Take the first step. Sign up for a $49 heart scan today.