Kevin, 53, had come to Fishers for the day to visit his sister and work on her house. The intense pain he experienced knocked him to the floor. Once the pain subsided, the always-ready EMT-I used his cuff and stethoscope to take his own blood pressure.
A Close Call . . .
Convinced he was doing better, Kevin did not call 911. He eventually let his sister drive him to the emergency department at St.Vincent Medical Center Northeast, which was only five minutes away. Routine cardiac test results appeared normal. However, his emergency physician insisted on performing one more test — the computed tomography $99 HeartScan — to see if an aortic tear caused Kevin’s symptoms.
“The computed tomography scan did not hurt and gave my physician results in about five or 10 minutes,” Kevin explained.
“Measuring the amount of plaque inside my heart’s arteries, the HeartScan showed blockages of 100, 95 and 80 percent. I was immediately transferred to St.Vincent Heart Center of Indiana.”
Kevin received four stents to help clear his blockages. He credits the HeartScan and his physician’s insistence for undergoing the scan for saving his life.
“I truly believe that if I had been at another hospital, I would have gotten the ‘all clear’ and been released without the treatment I needed,” Kevin said. “I have convinced about 20 people, friends and people from my fire department and work, to get a HeartScan. I think it should be required for everyone.”
Local Heart Heroes . . .
Nationwide, about half of all cardiovascular procedures are performed on patients age 65 and older; however, more than a third of cardiac patients are ages 45 to 64. Younger men and women should act quickly if they experience the following symptoms:
- Chest pain
- Discomfort in the arms, back, jaw, neck or stomach
- Nausea or light-headedness
- Shortness of breath
“St.Vincent Health provides a wide range of cardiac services close to home,” said Kimberly Nealon, site administrator for St.Vincent Medical Center Northeast. “People will feel the Spirit of caring the moment they walk through our doors.”
You can receive a $99 HeartScan through St.Vincent in Anderson, Fishers, Jennings and Indianapolis to identify your risk for heart disease. Used as a preventive measure, the computed tomography (CT) scan allows patients to make lifestyle changes based on the results. Call 866-432-4457 to schedule your HeartScan.Read more