Exams catch dangerous issues early in Akron firefighters

When he went to his physical exam in October, Lt. Greg Galehouse felt like he was in pretty good health.  

The Akron firefighter had an active lifestyle and no sign that anything was wrong. After blood work, an EKG and a physical stress test, everything seemed OK. 

After they took ultrasounds of his organs, Galehouse thought, he’d get his paperwork and be on his way. 

Instead, a medical professional showed him what looked like a giant blood clot. In reality, it was a tumor the size of a golf ball sitting in his heart. 

“I would have never known I had it until something happened, like death,” Galehouse, 62, said. “The doctor said that multiple times. Usually, you find them after you’re dead.”  

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