Heart of the Matter

Heart of the Matter

The month of February often reminds us of sugary candy hearts, beautiful red roses, and candlelight dinners.

More importantly, it should remind us to be more proactive when it comes to our health. February is National Heart Awareness Month, and one employee at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital is taking it to… well, heart.

Jennifer Henry, a special education manager, has been by her husband’s side as he recovers from not one but three heart procedures.

Erik and Jennifer Henry

“I won a free heart scan from Integris Heart Hospital during The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital’s wellness fair. My husband and I kept putting off the appointment, and finally, in December we had our scan,” said Jennifer.

However, they weren’t ready for the results they received.

“Because of the scan, we found out my husband, Erik has an elevated calcium score. This immediately caused him to make an appointment with his primary care physician to get it checked out.”

Erik, only 46-years-old, has a history of heart disease in his family. However, he never had any symptoms.

“After an evaluation, Erik’s physician recommended he see a cardiologist. The cardiologist scheduled a stress test to be cautious due to his elevated calcium score, his age and family history.”

The stress test results came back with concern, so Erik had an angiogram, which showed 70 percent blockage in three areas.

“Had it not been for the heart scan, I know Erik wouldn’t have detected the signs of heart issues until more damage had been done,” said Jennifer. “We are thankful for the heart scan and his doctors. We know it pays to take a proactive approach when it comes to our health.”

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