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Man's Life Saved by Wife Suggesting Heart Scan

John York's wife saved his life. She didn't perform CPR or call 9-1-1, she had a cardiac scoring test and signed her husband up for the test as well.

"Heart problems are notorious on her side of the family," York said. "She asked me if I wanted the test too and I said for $100 – why not?"

The test discovered a severe blockage in York's left main coronary artery– a condition dubbed the widow-maker because it often leads to a massive heart attack that will likely result in death. Even a small amount of plaque in this area can rupture and cause death. York had open heart surgery within a week of the discovery.

"I was shocked. I had no reason to think anything was wrong," York said. "I was very active. I was even building a 60 by 70 workshop."

Cardiac scoring is a noninvasive test for measuring coronary artery calcium content. It is used to diagnose coronary artery disease in an early state and to determine its severity. Cardiac scoring is at least 10 times more powerful a predictor of coronary artery disease episodes than cholesterol screening. Norman Regional Hospital has eight radiologists on staff who read scans.

For more information or to make an appointment call (405) 307-2290 or speak with your family physician. To see John's full story, click here

Knowing one's family health history and pre-screening for health problems is vital towards catching health issues early, when they are most treatable. Doctors at Norman Regional urge families as they gather this holiday season to share health histories, it might save a loved-one's life.

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