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Body Imaging Business Pushes Scans Many Don’t Need — Including Me

A reporter gets an unusual offer from Heart Check America, a chain of scanning clinics that bypasses doctors and is drawing increased consumer complaints and heightened scrutiny from regulators.

Heart Check America, a company selling body scans with the promise that they can identify serious health problems, has come under fire from patients and regulators. Photo by Nathan Weber for ProPublica.

This story was co-published with The Las Vegas Sun.

The telemarketer called in February with an unusual offer: free heart scans for me and my wife, an $800 value, from a company called Heart Check America.

The procedure would be “non-invasive,” he promised. No needles. “Just lie on a table and hold your breath.” The scans could identify heart disease and might just save our lives, he added.

Three weeks later, at a clinic in a stucco Las Vegas office park, Tom, a salesman for the company, led us through an ominous PowerPoint presentation that was a prerequisite for getting the scans.

He gave example after example of athletes and celebrities – figure skater Sergei Grinkov, baseball player Darryl Kile, newsman Tim Russert – who seemed to be in the prime of life, then dropped dead of heart attacks.

“You never know when it could happen. … Boom, you’re dead!” he exclaimed, slapping a desk for emphasis.

If only they had come to Heart Check America, Tom said ruefully. The company’s Electron Beam Tomography machines could have spotted the harmful build-up of calcium in their arteries, indicating they were at risk. The company scanned other organs, too. Perhaps a test could have helped Patrick Swayze, who died of pancreatic cancer, Tom said.

After 45 minutes, Tom got down to business. He pulled out a price sheet and urged us to go beyond the free scans and upgrade to a 10-year contract for annual imaging services, including heart, lung, bone-density and other scans. If we signed up immediately, the contract – usually $7,995 – could be ours for just $2,995 plus $199 in annual dues. Financing was available on the spot.

In the last two years, Heart Check America has made similar pitches to tens of thousands of Americans in five states, bringing in about $30 million in sales revenue, according to its manager, David Haddad.

But recently, the company has come under fire from patients, regulators and medical experts.

In scores of consumer complaints, Heart Check America clients have accused the company of using pressure sales tactics inappropriate for a health-care company.

“They are manipulating your health, your life and your future,” said Elizabeth Lucki, who entered into a Heart Check America contract after sitting through a two-hour pitch, then spent two months fighting to cancel the deal, forfeiting the $1,990 she paid up front. “This was like brainwashing.”

Doctors have lashed into the company for marketing scans to those who most likely do not need them – people under 40 who don’t smoke, aren’t overweight, and have no family history or symptoms of heart disease. Even for patients at risk of heart disease, some experts say, there is no medical evidence that the benefits of the tests outweigh potential dangers. Scans can result in false positives, leading to unnecessary treatments that are invasive and risky, said Dr. Gilbert Welch, a Dartmouth Medical School professor who studies the problems created by attempts at early disease detection.

“The assumption they’d like you to make is that this could only help you,” Welch said of Heart Check America. “But that’s not right. It could hurt you.”

In the last two months, regulators in Nevada and Colorado have cited one Heart Check America location and shuttered another, saying they lacked adequate medical supervision and had not taken proper precautions to avoid exposing patients to excess radiation. The company closed its Las Vegas center a few weeks after my appointment with Tom. Last week, calls to some other locations were answered with an automated message saying the company was being reorganized.

Haddad has run into similar difficulties before. In 2007, Indiana’s attorney general filed a lawsuit against companies run by Haddad and his wife, alleging they had deceived customers to get them to buy timeshares, vacation packages and travel club memberships.

Haddad acknowledged that Heart Check America has made some missteps, but he blamed most of the recent patient complaints on a temporary backlog caused when the company switched to a new radiology group to read its scans. He characterized the regulatory violations as minor and said the company was taking steps to bring all of its centers into compliance with government standards.

He vehemently defended the value of the company’s services, saying its scans give patients peace of mind and had even saved lives.

“People come back and say, ‘Thank you, my wife will be [alive] because we found this,’” Haddad said. “I made my mom and sister go. People hug and kiss us goodbye in these clinics.”

From Timeshares to Health Care

California entrepreneur Bruce Friedman founded Heart Check America with another investor in 1992.

Friedman had no background in health care – he had been a CPA and worked at a real estate firm – but he saw a business opportunity in the scanning gadgetry emerging at the time.

Some medical centers were using Electron Beam Tomography machines – a type of CT machine that takes rapid-fire images not blurred by the beating heart – but the technology was new and tests done for preventive purposes were not usually covered by insurance.

Heart Check America was among a handful of startups launched to market EBT scans to patients willing to pay cash and to physicians who could make referrals.

Friedman opened his first centers in Los Angeles and Chicago, then expanded to St. Louis, Indianapolis, Washington, D.C., and Arlington Heights, Ill.

His business model was starkly different from the one used by the company today. Each clinic was affiliated with local doctors and radiologists. Almost all the patients came through doctors’ referrals. The doctors ordered specific tests, for which patients paid flat rates. There were no long-term contracts.

By 2008, however, the chain was foundering. Though its EBT machines were still considered best for cardiac scans, newer high-resolution CT machines did other types of body scans better and more cheaply. Imaging centers proliferated to compete for this business. There are now more than 4,400 CT centers nationwide accredited by the American College of Radiology. Only about 50 of them have EBT machines, which are no longer in production.

Friedman shut down all but two Heart Check America locations. Then he was approached by David Haddad.

Haddad, too, had a background in business, not medicine, operating timeshare companies for 17 years.

That came to an end after the Indiana attorney general alleged that timeshare businesses he ran with his wife had deceived scores of customers. The Haddads were accused of drawing people in with prizes that were never delivered and misrepresenting conditions attached to travel deals or contract cancellations.

Haddad said he became a scapegoat when his businesses lost their financing and failed, but he maintained he had done nothing wrong. “I’m not living on a yacht in the Caribbean,” he said.

In 2009, a $470,602 default judgment was entered against the companies to cover restitution, civil penalties and the cost of the investigation. None of the money owed by the Haddads or their businesses has been paid, Indiana officials said.

Haddad said he was drawn to Heart Check America because it offered the chance to use his marketing skills to a more meaningful end. As a child, he had watched his aunt die of breast cancer at 33. Heart Check’s scans could help identify such diseases earlier, he said, giving patients a better chance at survival.

“If I’m going to sell alarm systems or timeshares or carpets, I’d rather sell something I really believe in,” he said.

Haddad struck a deal for his mother, Sheila Haddad, to purchase the company in 2009. Haddad and his mother are listed as officers or managers on the company’s corporate filings in various states, though its ownership shares are not public. Haddad said he supervises the company’s sales and marketing.

According to Haddad, a separate investor group that includes Friedman also has a stake in the company. Neither he nor Friedman would describe its size.

Sales Push Brings Growth and Gripes

Soon after Haddad took the helm, he told Friedman about his plan to direct market 10-year service packages. Friedman said he told Haddad that binding clients to long-term contracts might not be fair – or medically advisable.

“How can you know what test is going to be appropriate three years from now?” Friedman said. “How can you know this technology will be relevant, or that this person will be a good candidate for it?”

Haddad did not respond to questions from ProPublica about Friedman’s comments.

Under Haddad’s leadership, Heart Check America undertook a swift expansion. In 15 months, the company added six centers, building some and acquiring the rest. The company also started to employ marketing techniques similar to those Haddad had used in his timeshare businesses, calling consumers at home and offering them free heart scans to come listen to sales presentations.

It worked. Heart Check America administered about 60,000 free scans in 2010 alone, Haddad said.

He wouldn’t say how many scan recipients signed up for long-term contracts, but internal documents show the company persuaded at least some who accepted the initial offer to become clients. A report provided to ProPublica by a former Heart Check America employee shows that in a single week last November, 148 of about 600 people who attended the company’s pitches signed contracts worth upwards of $400,000.

The company’s sales push also triggered a spike in consumer complaints.

The Federal Trade Commission has received 681 complaints about Heart Check America since January 25, many of them alleging violations of the National Do Not Call Registry, which restricts telemarketing.

More than three dozen complaints about Heart Check America have been filed with the Better Business Bureau, most since the start of this year. The organization has given the company an F grade, based not only on the volume of problems, but on the company’s response to them.

Scores of additional complaints have popped up on Internet sites such as www.ripoffreport.com and www.merchantcircle.com, many citing the tactics used by Heart Check staffers to get people to enter into contracts.

In one complaint filed with the Illinois attorney general, family members alleged their elderly mother was forced to sit through a two-hour sales presentation, then intimidated into signing loan papers to cover the cost of a long-term contract.

Arthur Caplan, director of the Penn Center for Bioethics, said it was unethical to use fear or pressure to get consent for a medical procedure. He called Heart Check America’s sales tactics “medically absurd and morally ridiculous.”

Other Heart Check America clients have complained that it takes far longer than promised for the company to deliver scan results and, in some cases, that the results appeared to be inaccurate.

Stephanie and Mark Sojka, of Illinois, said Heart Check America promised them their test results in 10 days. The couple said they received their results two months later, after they had filed a complaint. Photo by Nathan Weber for ProPublica.

Last June, Stephanie and Mark Sojka signed up for free heart scans at Heart Check America’s booth at a hot air balloon festival. They elected not to sign a long-term contract but paid $995 to have a battery of tests at the company’s Tinley Park, Ill., clinic.

The clinic promised the couple they would have the results within 10 days, but two months passed without word. After the Sojkas complained to the Better Business Bureau, Heart Check America sent the results, but the delay left the couple uncertain whether they could be trusted.

“If they had such a hard time getting a report to us, how do I know they didn’t generate a template to get us off their back?” Stephanie Sojka said.

Haddad did not respond to questions about the Sojka’s case, but said the “handful” of complaints against Heart Check America was dwarfed by the praise the company has received from satisfied customers. “I’ve gotten hundreds of testimonials,” he said.

Benefits of Screening Uncertain

Within the medical community, there is concern that imaging companies may be marketing services to patients for whom they are unnecessary or, possibly, harmful.

I consulted with experts at several medical schools, the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Radiology and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a panel assembled by the federal government to study scientific evidence and make independent recommendations for care. All agreed that heart scans of the type offered by Heart Check America were inappropriate for patients with a low risk of heart disease – a category that included me and my wife.

EBT scans also are inappropriate for high-risk patients, for whom there are more effective assessment techniques, such as stress tests, said Dr. William Zoghbi, director of cardiovascular imaging at the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center in Houston and president-elect of the American College of Cardiology.

Zoghbi said the scans are best suited to people who exhibit some possible indications of heart disease, such as high cholesterol, or who have a family history of premature coronary disease.

But other medical experts questioned the value of screening for any patients.

Welch, the Dartmouth professor, said early screening sometimes prompts patients and their doctors to over-react, treating minor conditions better left alone. Once discovered, a buildup of calcium in a patient’s arteries that might never lead to heart disease can trigger a cascade of invasive treatments, such as a cardiac catheterization or balloon angioplasty, he said.

No randomized controlled trials have been conducted that indicate that EBT scans can predict heart disease, said Dr. Virginia Moyer, chairwoman of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

“The scientific evidence is just not there one way or another,” said Moyer, a professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine.

It’s not uncommon for imaging centers to market their services directly to consumers, advertising or sending flyers by mail. Moyer said she recently received a flyer from a company that performs scans out of a van in church parking lots.

Though it’s impossible to say how much business is generated this way, “the issue is that these are people who are preying on the fears of the public,” Moyer said.

Clinics operated by Heart Check America have received increasing scrutiny from government overseers in recent months.

Imaging centers are regulated by state health agencies, which set safety guidelines for tests and scanning equipment and conduct periodic inspections.

After I called the Nevada State Health Division to ask if Heart Check America was allowed to give me a heart scan without a doctor’s prescription, the agency inspected the company’s Las Vegas facility. Based on their findings, regulators ordered the clinic to stop conducting scans without doctors’ orders and to take steps to protect employees from radiation exposure.

See the PowerPoint slides used in Heart Check America's sales pitch.

The center subsequently closed. Haddad said it was shut down because it was losing money, not for safety reasons. He said he was not aware of the findings by Nevada officials. Haddad said other imaging companies had agreed to honor contracts held by Heart Check America patients in the area.

After being notified of Nevada’s action, Colorado regulators checked Heart Check America’s Denver center. They found a litany of deficiencies, including no proof that staffers operating the scanner were qualified, no controls to ensure patients received as little radiation as possible, and that tests were being conducted without doctors’ orders.

Inspectors also found that the clinic was not supervised by a physician licensed in Colorado and that test results weren’t being read by a qualified radiologist or delivered to patients in a timely manner.

According to regulators, Heart Check America listed Dr. Matthew Budoff, a California cardiologist, as the Denver center’s medical director. Budoff, who is medical director of the company’s Irvine, Calif., site, said he was not associated with the Denver facility in any way.

“It’s a little disconcerting to hear that I’m affiliated with a site that I’m not familiar with,” he said.

Heart Check America shut its Denver facility without responding to the state’s findings. Haddad said he expected the clinic to reopen shortly and promised that all Heart Check America centers would soon be in compliance with state regulations. The Colorado attorney general’s office said it had fielded almost 80 complaints from patients since the center closed its doors.

Friedman said he had built a strong reputation for Heart Check America during the 17 years he operated the company, which Haddad “trashed.”

“You can’t build a business for the long term … by misleading people,” he said.

Budoff said he’s “very concerned” that the controversy surrounding Heart Check America could dissuade people from getting scans that could identify heart disease.

“We have to separate out a single provider from the test itself,” he said. “The test is good. The provider may not have done something proper.”

Haddad said he is continuing to look for opportunities in the imaging business. He has formed a new company, Cancer Check America, in Hilton Head, S.C, to focus on cancer screening.

Another Offer

A week after my wife and I received our free heart scans (which showed no blockages in our arteries), I received another call from Heart Check America.

This time, the rep offered me the chance to join the company’s referral program by providing contact information for 10 friends, so they could be invited to get free scans and sit in on sales presentations.

For every couple who attended, he said, I would receive $50.

“My point today is to get as many people possible for the free scan,” he said. “To make sure their hearts are healthy.”

This is a great article and investigation. I’d just like to raise one small issue: I’m not sure it was the best decision for Allen and his wife to get the scan. I know it makes for great reading and a good story, but there is in fact a small but very real risk of harm from the radiation dose. The fact that they chose to go ahead and receive the scans may send a subtle message to some readers that the scans are essentially harmless. This is only a minor criticism of the story but I do think it’s something worth noting.

Chris Myers Asch

June 7, 2011, 1:03 p.m.

Well done. This is the kind of investigative reporting we need more of. These scam artists prey upon the vulnerable and help create a culture of fear and mistrust. I’m glad that this story helped alert the authorities to the fraud. As medical technology becomes more widely accessible, this sort of problem will only grow if we don’t take more steps to prevent it.

There is an even bigger scam going on in radiology but it is a scam that is accepted.  And GE’s product Omniscan is known to be the least stable of the contrasting agents they inject when one gets an MRI. Their product breaks away from the chelate before it is even injected meaning raw gadolinium is being injected.

MRIs with gadolinium based contrasting agents (GBCAs) are causing a disease called Gadolinium Associated Systemic Fibrosis (GASF) an often times fatal disease that turns everything in the body hard.  And the toxic heavy metal is retained in the body at 1% per dose according to Dr. Abraham, an expert witness in the MDL that lists several of these GBCAs’ manufacturers as defendents.  Dr. Abraham is a pathologist at the University of Syracuse and says in this explosive interview that,

“The widespread distribution of Gd in tissues of NSF patients highlights the need to prevent this disease and also the need for further studies of the mechanisms involved in the reactions to Gd and the complex problem of calcium and phosphate regulation and sequelae in patients with chronic renal failure (CRF) or end stage renal disease (ESRD). For example, the role of Gd itself in promoting calcium phosphate deposition is in need of further study.  Remember that each single standard dose of Gd contrast agent contains approximately 1.5 GRAMS of the element Gadolinium, of which approximately 1% (15 mg) may be retained in the body (mostly in bones) even in persons with normal renal function.”
“Clinicians should become aware of the potential for release of Gd from various MRI contrast agents (both existing and newer ones) and possible long term consequences of accumulation of a body burden of Gd in millions of patients. This will require long term follow up and investigations by many medical scientists.”

That’s right folks millions may be impacted. Step right up and get your next MRI or MRA with this highly-toxic heavy metal used as a contrasting agent.  For Pete’s sake why doesn’t the FDA take these GBCAs off the market.  After all they are finding gadolinium in the brain tumors of those with normally functions kidneys and in the reproductive organs of women of child bearing years. 

http://www.hemodialysis.com/author_interview_gd_deposition_in_pt_with_nsf.html

Janice Richman

June 7, 2011, 3:36 p.m.

My husband and I signed up last year with Heart Check America.  His first scan noted a spot on his kidney which turned out to be true when tested by his urologist.  This year we have yet to receive our reports after having our scans in March.  The Tinley Park office was closed but there are signs in the window of it reopening under a different name.  We have filed a claim with the States Attorney.

My wife & I got free screens in the Arlington Heights, IL office and what turned me off to getting the 10-year agreement (besides the cost- way too high) was the reply of the sales rep, to my saying that I run marathons, “well these athletes in the presentation would’ve benefitted from what our scanner sees”. To them, everyone needs them! No way was I buying into this unnecessary contract, if a doctor says I need further testing, fine, and my insurance will pay for most of it. This was a very informative article, i’m glad it was written, i’ll tell people about it if someone I know says, “I’m getting a free heart scan..”

What else is new? Don’t we realize that we live in a capitalist society, and here corruption rules! In another word, let the thieves whether they are politicians, bankers, doctors, dentists, whores, religiousn leaders, paper mill colleges, and drug dealers to rub ordinary Americans all in the name of Freedom, and Democracy!

We can expect more of this—especially as so-called “retainer practices” spring up. Some call this concierge care—but the bottom line is that this kind of care is cropping up because primary care doctors are under-valued and ready to fly off the hamster wheels they are racing on to pay the overhead for America’s fragmented care.

The extreme of concierge care comes when procedures are done as “preventive screening” that are not consistent with the US Preventive Services Task Force. There is a link for A & B recommendations, but I can’t seem to include it without being thought as spam.

Contrast with EliteHealth concierge membership (again google it…)

Preventive Screening
Stress Test
Lung Scans
Heart Scans
Virtual Colonoscopy
Body Scans
Carotid IMT
Comprehensive Lab Test
Concierge Weight Loss
Annual Wellness Exam

Wrong for people to assume that the risk is small - some would estimate the risk of the 15 milliSeivert radiation dose (conservative estimate) as a 1 in 100 increase risk in developing cancer in their lifetime.

nice article. just another attempt by big business to move in on small business and suck money out of people regardless of the risk to the people being tested.

its the re-fi business all over again. High School graduates (I hope) acting as doctors with the help of allegedly sophisticated equipment.

You know what ProPublica does for me that reassures me?  They find other media sources - such as The Las Vegas Sun, in this case - who are willing to practice journalism…to tell the truth.

You know what ProPublica does that scares the crap out of me?  They don’t seem to be able to find very many other media sources who are willing to practice journalism…to tell the truth.

I arrive at that conclusion from the information that does leak out or is pushed out to the American people by such as ProPublica, the media sources they work with, and other like and journalistic-minded media sources… all analyzed through the lens that is my awareness that we see only a tiny fraction of what is going on.

If there were willing journalists and independent media sources sufficient to extend ProPublica’s resources into all of the dark, stench-filled crevasses of Corporate America then reading ProPublica each day would take double and triple the time required to read The New York Times from page one through the society blather…

Time well spent, if you care about the America you will force your children to live in…or try to live in, rather.

Great article! First one from Marshall too, yeah? Good hire, ProPublica.

This is indeed a very good article, in that it reinforces the need to be skeptical of sales practices that offer something free, and then try to pressure you into purchasing something using false promises, exaggerated claims, or scare tactics.  This is true whether the product, as in this case, is a medical test, a time-share, or some wonder drug.  The previous owners of the Heartcheck clinics ran a very ethical business as do the vast majority of other such clinics.  Unfortunately the article includes statements from “experts” about the tests described in the article, which are completely untrue, as opposed to the criticism of the company using these despicable tactics.  There have been hundreds of peer reviewed studies on the effectiveness of Coronary Calcium Scanning for more than twenty years published in such prestigious publications as The Journal of American Cardiology, Radiology, Circulation, the Lancet, any many others, as well as papers presented at the annual meetings of the American Heart Association, and the American College of Cardiology.  The most recent study appeared in the British Journal of Cardiology, June, 2011, Vol 18 issue 3, raising the question, “Could coronary artery calcium scores replace exercise stress testing? A DGH analysis”  The vast majority of the published clinical studies done, showing that Coronary Calcium can not only predict, but detect and quantify the amount of heart disease, were performed using EBT scanners, which are still regarded as the gold standard for this type of study.  Although conventional CT scanners have improved in functionality, with multi slice detectors, EBT still has the advantage, particularly in heart studies, of higher speed and lower radiation dose.

It occurs to me that commentators - comment posters, that is - should have a little chart under their names showing whether they have a vested interest in the story….you know, like the charts MSNBC shows when an analyst comes on?  So you can tell whether the analyst, the analyst’s family, or the analyst’s company owns and so is vested in the stock’s performance - and so is likely to be pimping the stock?

Of course that has its shortcomings in that you can manipulate a stock you hold by pimping or slamming a competitor’s shares, too, meaning that unless you know the analyst’s entire portfolio (and those of his social and business circle, for that matter) you cannot begin to analyze motivation.

Still, it would be nice to know when someone who posts a comment is vested in the position they put forth…e.g., wouldn’t it be nice to know if someone who works directly for or distributes, say, GE medical technology were to have posted here?  Although this particular story is a bit of a tame example…

Now if the stories on hydraulic fracking carried little stars indicating vested interests, I suspect those comment pages would look like a veritable planetarium.

Speaking of body imaging and scans, one of my friends suggested a good way to solve the social security crisis. He said the dept of homeland insanity checkers could be instructed to hold the x-ray and gamma ray buttons on the skivii machines longer than is safe. This   would be a perfect and stealthy way to off the seniors who are collecting. Those oldsters would be gone in one to two years and no one would be the wiser…“Those machines are perfectly safe”, is about as true as “that wasn’t me in my skivies”...I prefer to roll around with a sandman with box-cutter, than trust a minority hire…For that reason , i won’t fly . I don’t spend any money either.

Any radiation is bad.  Let me repeat ANY RADIATION IS BAD.  How people get dupped into getting more and more checkups is beyond me.  Take the money you spend on health insurance and invest in healthy food.  Then you can avoid the doctors and the killer drugs they are handing out.  The medical industry is a for profit business so their number one priority is the shareholders not your health.  Wake up people!

I was conned into signing up for the 10 yr plan, and have paid them $148.61 per month since Aug, 2010.  I had no idea until today that the company was no longer located in Tinley Park, IL, the only reason I found out any of the nasty things about Heart Check America, is because I checked on line after receiving a letter today to make my July appointment at Health Screening Plus, in Arlington Heights, IL.  OMG, I’ve paid them over $1600.00.  What do I do now??  Should I make a complaint to the Illinois Attorney Generals office?  Is there anywhere I can get help to get some of my money back.
My first Heart scan they said showed so much plaque (over 160 particles) in my heart, that I had better see my doctor immediately.  My doctor didn’t seem to concerned because of tests that I had previously.  I January of this year I had a angiogram, because of a PVC problem, and they told me I did have plaque, but there was no blockages at all.  So obviously they must have misread the original test they took. I am stopping payments and contacting the loan co, what else can I do?

File a claim with the Attorney General as soon as possible.  They are already working on this but everyone needs to file a claim.  I don’t know that we will ever get our money back.  Good luck!

My husband and I got conned into the 10 year plan and now the Tinley Park office is closed.  We were financed through Chase Health Advance and we’re paying almost $200 per month and had sans in March and haven’t even gotten the scans back yet!  Is there anything we can do to make Chase Health Advance cancel our contract?  Can we sue Heart Check?  If everyone who got conned threatned to close their regular Chase credit card accounts and Chase bank accounts, I bet Chase would step up and do something!

Hi Mary Attreau

Please email Marshall Allen who write this article - mail him the letter if necessary. 
What telephone number did Arlington Heights office put on the letter?  Call them and get the names of the people running this office and post on you next post on this comments section - we all have to know - we lost money. 
These people are the “leftovers” and friends of Haddad family - Never do business with them or this company.

We signed up in 2009.  My family history of heart disease was the reason.  We got a letter last week saying that the contract had been transferred to Health Screening Plus in Arlington Heights and we are to call anytime after June 27th to schedule our next scan.  Is this legit?

william deane

June 24, 2011, 1:16 a.m.

Congratulations.  It’s this kind of investigative journalism the country so sorely needs.  As a former network journalist, I know first hand, it was the
investigative journalists who were the first to go when the MBAs took control of the newsrooms. Profits are fine, but the more, more, more squeezes media obligation to nonexistence.  I’m blogging now OurMissigNews.com and regularly encourage my readers to contribute to the fine work you are doing.  Your uncovering the truth is a powerful weapon against corruption, around the corner and in Washington, too.

Dr R RAMESH NAIK

June 24, 2011, 12:11 p.m.

THIS SHOULD BE AN EYE OPENER TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC, NOT TO SUCCUMB TO MARKETING TACTICS, ESPECIALLY WHERE HEALTH IS CONCERNED. ONE MAY LOOSE BOTH MONEY AND HEALTH. IT IS ALWAYS ADVISABLE TO CONSULT AN EXPERT BEFORE VENTURING ON SUCH RISKY INVESTIGATIONS.MAINTAINING GOOD HEALTH DEMANDS CAREFUL DECISIONS AT RIGHT TIME, AFTER PROPER CONSULTATIONS WITH AN ACCREDITED SPECIALIST.

Wow is all I can say…I guess we were duped like alot of other people out there!! We received a letter the other day saying Heart Check ceased doing business in our area (Tinley Park). And that we should make our appointments for our next screening with Health Screening Plus in Arlingtion Heights. Well I will not be doing that my NEXT appointment will be with the attorney general to see if we possible get our money back!!!!