An Once of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure
Shawn Benson is not afraid to take a hit. He, along with his three brothers, played football in college and professionally and Shawn went on to play for the Washington Redskins.
With a family history of heart issues, Shawn wants to avoid the biggest hit of all: a heart attack or stroke. His brothers all suffer from atrial fibrillation and his father has heart problems as well. On top of that, his wife lost a brother at the age of 42 due to a heart condition.
“When it comes to my health, I like to think I stay on top of things. I weigh 60 pounds less than when I played football and I pay attention to nutrition and exercise,” Shawn said. “I get routine check-ups. But I’m also aware of the fact that I’m 56 years old.”
Shawn’s wife and mother-in-law see the physicians at Virginia Heart, so he made an appointment to see Dr. Asad E. Chaudhry in Virginia Heart’s Loudoun office. Dr. Chaudhry performed a thorough exam and conducted diagnostic tests including an echocardiogram and calcium scan. The tests revealed that Shawn’s overall health—and his heart—are in good shape.
“Shawn did the right thing by proactively having his heart checked out,” Dr. Chaudhry said. “He has a family history of heart disease and didn't want to wait until it was too late. His heart arteries are clean and his heart is beating nice and strong. Now we have baseline data for comparison and tracking of his heart health as he ages.”
“Even though I didn’t come because I had a problem, Dr. Chaudhry was very thorough,” Shawn recalled. “I appreciate that he took a holistic, big picture view of my health. I was very impressed and highly recommend Virginia Heart!”