Pate has a life-saving experience

August 24, 2007
Rick Thomson PGA TOUR Staff

As a member of the Champions Tour wives organization, Soozi Pate is used to making a positive impact on the benefiting charities of Champions Tour tournaments. Her visit to the Heart Institute at Virginia Mason, beneficiary of this week's Boeing Classic, could go a long way in helping her continue her good work for years to come.

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On Wednesday, Pate and several Champions Tour wives toured the Virginia Mason Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Clinic, which is part of the Heart Institute at Virginia Mason. Following the tour, each received personal screenings. Pate discovered she had a high blood sugar reading at the heart screening, a red flag for diabetes and eventually, heart disease. She was able to immediately consult with the team there, including a nutritionist and others who made recommendations about diet and lifestyle changes.

"I think it was a great experience," Pate said. "It showed me that I need to be screened. They said my blood sugar was high. And the dietitian helped detail modifications to my diet on the spot".

This weekend, Pate will share her story from the heart screening booths at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge during the Boeing Classic, hoping to help the Virginia Mason Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Clinic spread its important message to the Seattle community. All tournament patrons are invited to stop by for a free screening. It takes only 10 minutes and, as with Pate, could help people at risk take action to prevent cardiovascular disease.

"This is a great example which connects the important funds that the Champions Tour provides to support charities like The Heart Institute at Virginia Mason in this community," Virginia Mason Communications Director Kim Davis said. "Programs like these heart screenings are designed to catch heart disease before it advances, or in some cases, before it is too late."

With leading specialist and comprehensive care, the Heart Institute at Virginia Mason has helped thousands of patients in all major areas of cardiovascular care. In addition, the Heart Institute at Virginia Mason has been a pioneer in the introduction of massive surgical techniques, anticoagulation management, cardiovascular risk reduction, as well as diagnostic and interventional cardiology.

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