Bob McClesky is the CEO of Sellen Construction and a tremendous friend and supporter of Swedish, both Bob and Sellen have done a lot to support quality healthcare throughout the region. He suffered a frightening heart attack several weeks ago and received his treatment at Swedish Cherry Hill - he’s doing great now and Bob sent this email to his friends and contacts. I felt the email was so powerful and helpful, I’ve decided to share with you. Please take a moment to read his powerful story.

 

Here's Bob's 4 Action Items that everyone should do to save their lives or the life of someone they love. 

  1. Whatever your age is start or keep doing all the obvious things like watching your diet, exercising, not smoking, getting enough sleep, and regular checkups. More Info here
  2. Get CPR training. It might help you save a life, and not just in the event of a heart attack. The Red Cross offers classes.
  3. Think about where an AED machine might be appropriate in your workplace, or even in your home, and work to make it happen.
  4. Most importantly: If you are in your 40s or older, if you don’t already have a relationship with a cardiologist, and even if you have none of the other risk factors for heart disease, go get a test called a Coronary Calcium Scan, also known as an EBT test. I’m no expert but my very highly regarded cardiologist is adamant about getting people in to have this scan. It is designed to show the amount of calcified plaque in your coronary arteries. Not every doctor is a big believer in this test but my doctor says that, in my case, the scan would have picked up significant calcified plaque, even 5 years ago, and I would probably have been put on a few drugs that could have drastically reduced my risk for a heart attack. The scan takes only 20 minutes from start to finish, there is no prep involved the night before, no dyes injected, nothing invasive. Depending on the results your doctor will recommend next steps, if any, and will use it as a baseline for similar tests in the future. At the very least this will get your family doctor more educated about your heart, or it will get you connected with a cardiologist who can guide you.

 

Bob, thanks for sharing your story and for helping to promote healthy hearts. And yes, I did go and get an EBT after reading this email.

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