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Tyler mayor proactive about heart health

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TYLER (KYTX) - It's a story you'll only see on CBS19. Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass is taking a stand against heart disease in honor of Heart Month this February. CBS19 had the only camera in the room when she took a coronary calcium scoring.

A coronary calcium scoring is a computed scan of your heart and the vessels that supply blood to that region. Over time, people develop cholesterol build-up in their artery.  That build-up changes into calcium, which is what shows up on the scan.

CBS19 was able to go alongside Mayor Bass as she completed her very first calcium scoring through Mother Frances.

"Go ahead and lay back."

A 15 minute procedure will help Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass learn a lot more about her hearth health.

"They told me it's totally painless, so I'm excited." she says.

She hopes women watching this will see how easy the process is and take the initiative to get their own calcium scoring done.

"I just went slightly in, took the breaths it asked and the machine did the rest."

A simple process that could save her life.

"I think, as women, we take for granted that it's not a disease that's going to happen to us. And, many women really just don't realize that heart disease is the number one killer of women."

Invasive Cardiologist for the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital of Trinity Mother Frances, Dr. Peter Pitonak, is proud of the mayor for setting this example.

"She's at the right age. She's just the right person to have this done." He says. "And, if she can promote this in the community, we can save people from having major heart attacks in the future."

"It was very easy, very quick and totally painless." says Mayor Bass.

And, she got her results during the same visit!

Mayor Bass wouldn't disclose her score but says it's "what she was expecting."

The Centers for Disease Control reports about 600,000 people die of heart disease every year in the United States. That's 1 in every 4 deaths.
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