The untimely death of popular Texas radio personality Kidd Kraddick prompts a local radio icon to get her own heart checked out.
In the 1980's, Dayna Steele ruled Houston's airwaves as the First Lady of Rock ‘N Roll on 101 KLOL-FM.
It wasn't a healthy lifestyle, Steele admits. Today, she's much more discerning about how she treats her body.
"I eat healthy, I exercise, I'm not overweight," Steele said.
But she is also 53 years old – the same age as Kidd Kraddick. So on Wednesday she went to Houston Methodist Hospital for a heart scan and arterial ultrasound.
Steele invited FOX 26 News to tag along so our viewers could see how quick, easy and painless the diagnostic tests actually are.
"It's important to me, after what happened to Kidd Kraddick, that we get this information to the public -- and show them, they're not, y'know, not ripping my chest open like I'm Sigourney Weaver in ‘Alien.'"
Steele emerged with a clean bill of health. The tests might well have saved Kidd Kraddick, suspects Dr. William Zoghbi, director of Houston Methodist's Cardiovascular Imaging Institute.
Zoghbi never treated Kraddick, but he's heard what the autopsy report reveals.
"It looks like there was blockage in the arteries, the heart was enlarged," Zoghbi said. "With the test that we did, with the heart scan, you would pick that up. No question about it."
The scan is often covered by health insurance if a patient's doctor deems it necessary.