I had to have a heart scan and it was definitely eye opening.

Last month was heart health month. In my family, there has been heart disease on both sides. It seems if anyone is going to win the genetic lottery for heart disease, that would be me.

About 3 years ago, I was in a chronic, high-stress situation, daily. I was very health conscious, and still am, but the weight kept coming on, so I was considerably heavier than I am now. I was experiencing swelling in my hands and feet due to, what seemed to be, poorer circulation and just was tired and exhausted. Chest pains would occur on and off. It scared me and I realized I had to make a lifestyle change. So I did.

The looming questions in mind since then have been, 'I wonder if any damage was caused due to the high stress? Am I even more at-risk for a heart attack? Can you die from a broken heart?'  Those were some of the questions I had wondered over the course of the last three years. So, I finally looked into it.

I went to CVM in Moline, off John Deere Road. Right from the beginning, the staff was welcoming, friendly and helpful. They answered all of my questions. It was painless and a fairly quick procedure. All in all, I believe it took a total of 20 minutes.

My score? Well, it was a big, fat ZERO. Never in my life have I been happier to be a ZERO. Zero means hero in the heart world during a calcium scan. I was so happy to know my chances are generally less than 1% for the risk of a coronary event. Just knowing really helps put my mind at ease and tells me that the lifestyle changes, including eating more greens on a daily basis,  were all for the better.