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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
I know you had a little scare, and that concerns me. With those words, Californian President and CEO Richard Beene asked radio talk show host Ralph Bailey about his prognosis.
The two talked Tuesday on "First Look with Scott Cox" about a concerning stress test KERN's Bailey had that led him to undergo a more extensive one.
"You have a blockage," Bailey said he was told about his arteries, calling it the scariest sentence he'd heard aside from being told his dad died.
"The one lesson I learned is an EKG or an echocardiogram isn't enough," said Bailey, who turns 51 in a few weeks.
The more extensive stress test showed he's OK, but "I've got to physically change myself," Bailey said.
Simulcast host Scott Cox said, "You got your wake-up call early."
Bailey noted that his father had his first heart attack at age 41, and died at 56.
There's a lot of obesity in this community and this country, Beene said.
Cox said he's lost 44 pounds, and talked about losing weight without spending a dime through exercise and eating right.
Bailey urged people to see a doctor at least once a year, and said he's knows people are getting checked after hearing his story.
"What you can learn just from having your blood drawn is amazing," Bailey said.
He said he's made changes in his life -- everything from drinking Crystal Light instead of soda to learning to put his napkin on his restaurant plate once he's full so he doesn't keep eating until the server takes the plate away.