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March 3, 2014

Daughter's insistence saves father's life

Experts say heart scan is effective screening tool for 'silent killer'

ANDERSON — David LaShure says every one of his days have become a blessing.

“If it wasn’t for my daughter I probably wouldn’t be here,” said LaShure, 59, of Fairmount.

LaShure’s daughter, Dawn Cline, is an X-ray technician for St. Vincent’s Anderson Regional Medical Imaging. Cline, 31, regularly performs X-ray screenings and had asked her father to have a $49 HeartScan.

“There was nothing to believe he was having any heart issues,” Cline said. “I guess I wanted him to get it, but I was not expecting the outcome.

“I had no feeling this was going to turn into what it turned into.”

According to St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana, one out of every two deaths this year, in the U.S., will be the result of cardiovascular disease. That makes it the No. 1 cause of death and it kills both men and women of all ages, races, and economic classes.

A HeartScan, which involves a computed tomography (CT) scan of the coronary arteries, is used to measure the amount of calcium or hardened plaque that can cause a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular problems.

It took some convincing, but LaShure, who has never been diagnosed with heart problems, spared 10 minutes of his life to have the screening done at St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital.

“They told me one of my arteries was blocked 40 percent, one was blocked 75 percent and the main one was 100 percent,” LaShure said.

The news was shocking, the family says.

“They said he would have been one of those guys out mowing his yard and had a massive heart attack,” Cline said. “He would have never known.”

Several heart catheterizations were required to unclog LaShure’s difficult blockages, he said. The emotional toll on Cline, who was pregnant at the time of her father’s diagnosis, was also a strain.

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