It’s a commercial that’s near and dear to Dale Dudley’s heart.
The 93.7 KLBJ-FM morning host was asked recently to promote the HeartSaver CT, a test offered by Heart Hospital of Austin. He said “yes” but, first, he chose to undergo the procedure himself.
After reviewing the results, Dudley, 51, says it’s a decision he’s glad he made.
Doctors found a potential blockage in an artery that’s known as “the widowmaker” because it can frequently lead to a massive heart attack.
“I always think of myself as indestructible,” Dudley told me this week. “I don’t want to face the possibility of something that could kill me.”
The well-known radio host says he was motivated, in part, to get the procedure because his father died of a heart attack, and congestive heart failure took the lives of his mother and grandmother.
“The HeartSaver CT is turning out to be one of the most important heart tests we can do,” said Dr. Stanley Wang, a clinical cardiologist at Heart Hospital of Austin. “We can get great pictures of the heart and the arteries and determine how much plaque there is. That information is the strongest predictor of future heart attack risks.”
As a result of what he’s learned, Dudley says, he’s tweaked his diet and upped the amount of exercise he does. From the very beginning, he’s shared details with listeners — and the response has been phenomenal.
“It’s been really well received,” Dudley said. “I’ve had several people who’ve written me and said they’re going to their doctor or that they already went. I’ve even had two people tell me the doctors found something.”
The HeartSaver CT, which has been around for about 15 years, is painless and typically costs $200 or less, Wang said. He encourages men ages 40 to 65 and women ages 45 to 70 to ask their doctor about the test.
“The whole point of being a cardiologist is to help people cheat death,” Wang said. “That’s what this lets us do.”
TV show bound for Austin
One of the hottest dramas on prime-time TV appears to be en route to Central Texas.
NBC’s “Revolution,” currently shot in Wilmington, N.C., will relocate to Austin this summer, according to a letter Eric Kripke, the show’s creator, sent to about 300 members of the production crew.
The letter was first obtained by the Star-News, Wilmington’s daily newspaper.
“This is not a decision that was made easily or taken lightly,” Kripke said. “We agonized over it. And we really regret losing such a terrific crew. Seriously.”
Kripke’s letter doesn’t indicate why “Revolution” is moving, but the head of the local film commission said that the show was having trouble finding locations to shoot.
“It’s a good thing that the town doesn’t have that many vacant buildings, but visually, they can only use a location so many times,” Wilmington Regional Film Commission Director Johnny Griffin told the Star-News.
“Revolution,” a science-fiction series set in a world without electricity, wraps up its freshman season this month. It airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on KXAN.
NBC announced this week that the show will move to Wednesdays at 7 p.m. when it returns this fall.
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