Checkup 13: Heart scans

Dave Lashure works out.
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Checkup 13 this month emphasizes your heart health. 

It's a primary concern now for David LaShure from Grant County.  He is currently in cardiac rehabilitation and working out at least three times a week as his heart heals after doctors opened up blockages in his arteries.

The first sign of Lashure's heart disease was detected after he appeased his daughter's request and got a heart scan. "She said, ‘now I think you need to get your heart checked' and I said ‘alright,'" LaShure recalls. "So I did and it was a total shock to me that I had problems, because I never had anything before. Nothing."  Before the scan, he says he showed no symptoms.

The heart scan is for older patients with risk factors who may be at risk for heart disease, but have not been diagnosed.  It determines a calcium score, which indicates the amount of calcium in your coronary arteries. A perfect score is zero. David's score was 725.

Further tests detected three blockages in his arteries.  One blockage was 100 percent. So the 58-year-old LaShure had surgery.  

Doctors say the scan is a simple tool to help detect heart disease. 

Dr. Charles Orr is a cardiologist at St. Vincent. "If you are, say 50 to 55," he says, "and you have risk factors for coronary artery disease and you are not really aggressively going after those risk factors, then I think you should have the scan."

For Checkup 13 this month, you may register for a $49 heart scan.  To qualify, you must not have had a scan within the past five years, be at least 40-years-old, and have a least one of these risk factors: 

  • Family or stroke history
  • Vascular Disease
  • Smoking
  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity 

There are the 11 locations around Indiana where you can register for the $49 scan.   

The hotline opens this morning at 8:00 a.m. and remains open through 7:00 p.m. tonight.  

The number is 1-866-U-CHECK-13, or 1-866-824-3251. 

You may also register online through midnight tonight.