Michael Mosko had quadruple bypass surgery performed on February 14, 2008, Valentine's Day, the date recommended by his primary care physician, Scott Love, MD, of DuPage Medical Group.
|HEART STORY: MICHAEL MOSKO
"I blew up the machine," says Mosko, an Oswego resident.
The 68-year old retired steel company salesman registered a score of 7346.9 on his Ultra Fast Heart Scan on February 1, 2008. Ultra Fast is a screening tool used to detect the early build-up of calcium in the coronary arteries, the most common cause of heart disease.
A reading of 400 or greater is considered to be a sign that a person is at the highest risk of a future cardiac event or obstructive disease. So, Mosko's score was off the charts by Ultra Fast standards.
He met with cardiologist Sonjai Bhatia, MD, a cardiologist with DuPage Medical Group, who recommended quadruple bypass surgery, which was performed by Bryan Foy, MD, a thoracic surgeon with Cardiac Surgery Associates and medical director of cardiac surgery at Edward Hospital.
"Dr. Foy told me ‘your heart's in good shape, but your pipes needed help,'" recalls Mosko. "He said 'we just gave you back 10-15 years.'"
Mosko is taking advantage of those "new" years, in part by working on the staff (and playing lots of golf) at Blackberry Oaks Golf Course in Bristol, near Oswego.
Mosko had no symptoms of heart disease prior to the Ultra Fast screening, which was one of the reasons he wasn't going to take the test. He was also helping his wife, Mary Ann, in her fight with cancer the last two years. Mary Ann passed away in October of 2008.
"I was so busy, I never thought about doing anything for myself," says Mosko, who realizes he's very fortunate in light of his dramatic Ultra Fast score.
"They couldn't explain why I didn't have any symptoms or hadn't had a heart attack," he says. "So, that must mean there are a lot of people walking around who are in trouble."
Mosko's message to those people – get tested, take advantage of the screening tools that are available.
The message to his caregivers – "I just want to thank you for saving my life."