For years, Michael ignored his health and didn’t think much of it. When he finally decided to take advantage of the free biometric screening his employer offered through Interactive Health, he was glad he did. His health evaluation set off a chain of events that eventually led doctors to find blockage in his arteries. Keep reading to learn more about Michael’s story.

How Michael got the Life-Saving Care He Needed
I have worked at a multinational manufacturing company for over eight years, but didn’t take advantage of the free biometric health screening until this year. I had dizzy spells for a while and I thought it was mild case of diabetes, which runs in my family. I relied on the internet to diagnose myself, which I found can be dangerous. This year, I finally decided to take advantage of the biometric health screening and I am so glad that I did.

Before my blood draw, the person assisting with the test took my blood pressure. She had a shocked look on her face and told me my numbers had to be wrong. She took my blood pressure again and I averaged 185/100, not a good reading. I was instructed to go to urgent care as soon as possible, so I went that same day and was prescribed blood pressure meds and carried on.

I felt increasingly dizzy through the week and by Friday, I could barely speak or walk. I was taken via ambulance to the hospital with a blood pressure of 204/114. I left the hospital prescribed with a higher daily dose of blood pressure meds, which unfortunately made my heart rate plummet and gave me more head spins.

Less than a week later I found myself in the hospital again with my blood pressure at 185/104. After it was confirmed I didn’t have a stroke, they referred me to a cardiologist who found a blockage in my arteries and prescribed me a medication with fewer side effects to lower my blood pressure. And now my blood pressure is near normal. All the doctors I’ve told my story to have said that participating in the biometric screening was the best decision I have ever made. The health screening is what started me on the journey that ended up saving my life.

— as told to Interactive Health via online form

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