Chuck Ritter's Story - Bronson Healthcare
With matters of the heart, don't just play the odds

Chuck Ritter

Chuck Ritter, age 68, of Portage, read about the Bronson Online Heart Risk Assessment two years ago.

"My father passed away from a massive heart attack at the age of 49, so I have always eaten right and exercised regularly, but knew that my family history increased my odds of having heart problems," says Chuck. "So I took the online assessment at bronsonhealth.com.

Chuck's family history also helped him decide to take the Bronson heart scan. In December, Chuck made a pact with a friend to face their health concerns together. As part of his promise, Chuck signed up for the scan.

A heart scan is a painless, noninvasive screening test that uses computed tomography (CT) to detect calcium buildup in the coronary arteries. This scan is the first early detection test that actually shows if a person has heart disease before experiencing symptoms.

When Chuck came to Bronson in January 2007 for the heart scan, he had no symptoms, no problems, and expected to receive a clean bill of health. Eleven days later, Chuck had five bypasses and spent five days in the hospital. Luckily, Chuck's heart was unharmed since the problem was caught early enough.

"All in all, I had a very positive experience," says Chuck. "Because of the Bronson Heart Scan, I had an opportunity to realize the problem and take care of it before any damage was done. Now I'll just have to keep an eye on the future."

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