Former News 13 Anchor uses his story to raise awareness about heart health

 PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — Nearly 700,000 people die of heart disease in the United States each year, and former News 13 Anchor Jerry Brown almost became part of that statistic. “The calcium score is 0 to 400. 400 is considered extremely high. You know what mine was? 1,289,” Brown said.” He’s using his story […] [[{“value”:”

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — Nearly 700,000 people die of heart disease in the United States each year, and former News 13 Anchor Jerry Brown almost became part of that statistic.

“The calcium score is 0 to 400. 400 is considered extremely high. You know what mine was? 1,289,” Brown said.”


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He’s using his story to raise awareness about heart health. Back in November, Brown had life-saving heart surgery after learning he had a blocked artery.

“There was a severe blockage in my LAD artery which is otherwise known as the widow-maker artery. It was basically blocked over 95% blocked.”

Doctors discovered the blockage when they took Brown’s calcium score. The test detects how much calcium is built up in a patient’s heart, and Brown’s score was off the charts. He needed surgery as soon as possible. 

“I was really concerned about the surgery, everything that it entailed and all. My faith is very important to me, and I knew the Lord to take care of me,” Brown said.

Doctors performed double bypass surgery to prevent Brown from having a heart attack.

“They actually took a vein from my leg to do the bypass, to use that vein to create the bypass around the blockage.”

Brown is in recovery and working hard in rehab to get his strength back. 

“I’m doing that three days a week for probably three months, four months or so,” Brown said. “It’s really helped out because I was told by doctors, some folks choose not to go through the rehab and the recovery is more difficult, but I didn’t want to do that. I want to do everything I can to get back in better shape than before.”


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Brown says cardiac issues run in his family, but he thought he’d be okay as long as he maintained a healthy diet and exercised regularly. Without the calcium score test, Brown doesn’t know if he’d be sitting here today. 

“I would encourage anyone to talk to their doctor about the test and take it because you never know. I mean, no day is guaranteed.”

If you want to find out your calcium score, talk to your primary care doctor or cardiologist about taking the test.

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