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Published on January 15, 2014

"Women With Heart" to Celebrate Two Wood County Women

TYLER, TX - In recognition of February as National Heart Month, Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital at Trinity Mother Frances and KYTX CBS 19 are preparing to celebrate two remarkable Wood County women who have battled and conquered, cardiac disease with the help of Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital and exude a spirit that has inspired others.

Throughout the month of November, TMFHC and KYTX CBS 19 received nominations and called for community votes during December. The two women voted to represent Wood County are Marlanea Vicks and Brenda Lester. Please read a short story about their triumphs over heart disease below.

According to statistics from the American Heart Association, heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases cause approximately half of all deaths in American women and one out of three women over age 65 has some form of heart disease. No longer is it considered a disease suffered only by men. We hope you will help us spread the word about our ‘Women With Heart’ event to those in your community.

Ms. Vicks and Ms. Lester will be honored during a special evening of food, fellowship, and learning Tuesday, February 18, 5:30 p.m. at the Mineola Civic Center. The dinner is free and open to the public. It will educate attendees about the risks for heart disease, and feature a fashion show, door prizes, and informational booths. Seating is limited; please call (903) 531-5678 to reserve your spot today.

Marlanea Vicks can walk, talk, and breathe again all at the same time! At 47 years old, she was healthy and active with a family of three sons, and a teacher with Mt. Vernon ISD. A blocked aortic valve was not on the radar, until she started having trouble breathing and severe shortness of breath. After a visit to her family doctor, she was immediately referred to Dr. Oscar Paniagua with the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hosptial. Dr. Paniagua quickly realized she had a blocked aortic valve and referred her to his partner, Dr. Neelan Doolabh, for a minimally invasive valve replacement surgery; that surgery was one year ago and she is doing great.

Brenda Lester did not expect to be one of the first patients in the new Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital. She went to the Trinity Mother Frances emergency room in Winnsboro with chest pain and no previous cardiac history. She was very surprised to hear that she had a heart attack. After having a heart cath, she found out that she was at 95% blockage resulting in robotic surgery with Trinity Clinic Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Dr. Turner. She now uses Facebook to reach out to women and educate them on warning signs of heart disease.

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