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Routine physical, heart scan saves 3 sisters' lives

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Imagine going to the doctor for a routine exam, and being told that you need heart surgery.


Imagine that same story playing out for three sisters.

It happened for Diane and  Dixie, and their younger sister. Heart disease runs in their family, so the primary care physician decided to do what's called a heart scan on all three. The heart scan is a newer procedure, much like a CAT scan, that detects calcium buildup in the heart muscle.

Sure enough, all three were able to have life-saving procedures done, long before it was too late.

This is the epitome of preventative medicine. Dr. Mark Castellaw of the Baptist Medical Group said that the yearly physical might seem like an inconvenience you can live without. But it's this sort of maintenance that could keep you out of the hospital.

Or better yet, save your life.

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