BryanLGH Surgeon and Patient to be Featured on CNN

CNN's Emmy®-award winning, chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, will host a one-hour documentary called "The Last Heart Attack in America" to air Saturday, Sept. 3, at 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., and Sunday morning at 1:00 a.m. The focus of the program is heart attack prevention and treatment.

BryanLGH cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Edward Raines and his patient, Tom Bare of Lincoln, are featured in the program, along with former President Bill Clinton and Dr. Arthur Agaston, author of the South Beach Diet books. 

Tom Bare, 54, a science teacher at Lincoln East High School, does not look like a heart attack waiting to happen. He is trim, fit and lives a healthy lifestyle. However, his family history gave him reason to believe he could be at risk.

Tom took the first step by having an UltraFast CT heart scan at BryanLGH in 2007. The UltraFast CT is a test used to detect the presence of calcium in the coronary arteries. Where there is calcium, there is plaque. If there is plaque, there's risk for a serious cardiac event.  The results of Tom's test confirmed that plaque was beginning to develop. His second scan in 2011 showed a 53 percent increase in the dangerous plaque.

In the CNN program, Dr. Raines performs quadruple bypass surgery on Bare, who then completes several weeks of cardiac rehab at BryanLGH LifePointe. 

You can see a promo video on the CNN website here.

PHOTO: Tom Bare and Dr. Edward Raines

Are you at risk for heart disease?  BryanLGH can help.

BryanLGH offers a free, confidential evaluation online at www.bryanlgh.org called HeartAware.  In approximately 7 minutes, an online HeartAware evaluation will tell you if you have zero, one, two or more risk factors. If you have two or more risk factors - you can choose to meet with a cardiac clinician from BryanLGH Heart Institute.

The UltraFast CT scan is painless, non-invasive, non-claustrophobic and inexpensive. For $119, you can know your calcium score and your risk factor for heart disease. Early detection of calcium is the best defense against a heart attack. No doctor referral necessary. To schedule an UltraFast CT scan, call the BryanLGH scheduling center at (402) 481-5121.