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AUG 2016

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.16 99 Special Advertising Section Alice Wilkerson had attended numerous screenings and informational sessions offered by Floyd Memorial — from osteoporosis and back pain seminars to gaining information on dementia. However, her husband, Roger, participated in his first Floyd Memorial screening on January 27. "I was having discomfort in my shoulder, and after reading about all the Cardiac CT Calcium Scoring screening covered, I thought I'd give it a try," said Roger. For the Cardiac CT Calcium Scoring Screening, a low-dose cat scan is performed to detect calcium deposits found in plaque buildup in the coronary arteries. The level of calcium can signal the presence of coronary artery disease. Roger was told by the radiology technologist his score was at an unsafe level and he needed to see his doctor as soon as possible. Before Roger had a chance to visit his doctor, he had suffered severe pain and passed a kidney stone. The couple wondered if the kidney stone was the cause of the pain. After seeing his Floyd Memorial Screening Saves a Life family doctor, George Estill, M.D., of Floyd Memorial Medical Group – Harrison Family Medicine, an ultrasound was performed to see if further action was required. Dr. Estill felt Roger needed to see a cardiologist right away. Three days later, Roger had an appointment to see board-certified interventional cardiologist Syed Raza, M.D., of Floyd Memorial Medical Group - Cardiology. Dr. Raza ordered a stress test that showed an abnormality. He then performed a heart catheterization and discovered a 40 percent blockage surrounding Roger's heart. Although the condition needed to be monitored, Dr. Raza felt no further medical intervention would be needed at that point. He explained, "Roger was lucky he discovered the blockage in his heart prior to any catastrophic cardiac episodes. By incorporating a heart- healthy diet and exercise into his lifestyle, he will be able to stop the buildup of plaque in his arteries. The initial screening, quite possibly, could have saved his life." "I received excellent care during my time at the hospital," said Roger. The Wilkersons are thankful for the screenings Floyd Memorial provides to help educate and keep the community healthy. Alice explained, "Taking the time to educate yourself and care about your health could very well save your life as it did Roger's." For more information on screenings available at Floyd Memorial, call 1-800-4-SOURCE or visit FloydMemorial. com/Events.

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