Heart surgeon to speak at Women's Power Lunch

Posted by Paige Stewart - email

LUFKIN, TEXAS (February 17, 2010) Only a handful of surgeons around the nation have the ability to perform delicate open heart surgical procedures using a high definition robotic system's assistance.  East Texas has one surgeon bringing this advanced technological procedure to Lufkin.

Taylor Pickett, M.D., Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeon at the Cardiovascular and Stroke Center, is set to speak at the Women's Power Lunch, Wednesday, February 24 from noon to 1:00 p.m. at Memorial Health System of East Texas.

"Educated on the benefits of using the da Vinci High Definition Robot for heart surgical procedures, women will better understand the surgical options and patient outcomes," said Dr. Pickett.  "Procedures utilizing the most advanced technology result in fewer complications, less blood loss, faster recovery time and less pain."

Women have a one in three chance of suffering from cardiovascular disease.  With heart disease no longer being deemed a man's disease, educating women on the risks and symptoms has become as important as breast cancer awareness.

"Not only do we want women to know what contributes to heart disease and how to recognize a problem, we want to offer the best treatments available and get women back to normal as soon as possible," stated Dr. Pickett.

Women who fall in these categories have increased risk of cardiovascular disease:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoker
  • Family history of heart disease
  • Overweight
  • Inactive
  • Diabetes

When a woman notices a change in her body, it may very well be a sign of something that is not right.  Pay close attention to these changes, and please do not ignore them.  Symptoms may be as simple as or as noticeable as:

  • Nausea
  • Cold sweat
  • Lightheaded
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Chest discomfort – uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain
  • Heart racing

Trusting the heart to lead them throughout life, women should recognize heart disease's risks and symptoms.  Also, knowing the treatment options helps make better decisions in an emergency.  The Women's Power Lunch is dedicated to offering women education on many health related topics throughout the year.

Women who are interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP by contacting Melissa Wheeler at 936-631-3099 or melissa.wheeler@memorialhealth.org.

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