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Nearly 500 IMPD officers get heart scans

Posted at 11:00 AM, Jan 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-21 11:00:08-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- The officers of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department do their best to protect the city.

So hundreds of officers are getting a measure of protection in return.

Police chief Troy Riggs was first in line Wednesday morning for a free heart scan.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield donated more than $23,000 to pay for heart scans for 477 officers. 

Of the 129 line-of-duty deaths in the country last year, 15 percent were the result of heart attacks. 

The scan, which takes 30 minutes, will reveal any calcium buildup, which can be a sign of disease before a heart attack or heart failure.

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