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Roy Green: Do not let COVID-19 convince you to ignore any other health concerns

Roy Green: Do not let COVID-19 convince you to ignore any other health concerns
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On Oct. 24, 2000, I was roughly on my family’s schedule for a fatal encounter with heart disease as foretold by the deaths of my father at age 40 and his brother at 42.

Neither raging war at a place called Dunkirk, nor patrolling of the skies during the Battle of Britain, were able to duplicate what genetics had in store.

My father had spoken of chest pain for some days. He had visited our family doctor, but in the early 1960s, there was little available to either accurately diagnose, or forestall the then inevitable.

I was fortunate. Yes, there had been significant chest pain, but unlike the experiences of my father and uncle, my chest pain had led to extensive and thorough coronary testing, revealing the likelihood of “a blockage high up,” according to my cardiologist.

Twenty years ago this Saturday, I checked into Hamilton General Hospital for a scheduled angiogram. A dye was injected into arteries so a specialist could identify the location and threat level of any arterial blockage or blockages.

My heart’s left anterior descending artery (LAD) was 99 per cent blocked. In non-medical terminology, I was living with the “widowmaker.”
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