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TYLER (KYTX) - In honor of heart month, we've been introducing you to the 2014 "Women with Heart" honorees. A group of special ladies has been selected by the --Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital-- of Trinity Mother Frances to raise awareness about heart disease.

CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey brings us one of the honorees: Brenda Lester.

A year after having a heart attack, Mineola resident Brenda Lester wears a cross over of heart.

"I consider myself blessed, god definitely has watched out for  me, I could have easily been gone," she Lester.

On December 29, 2012, a bout of chest pains lead her to make one of the most important decisions of her life one that saved her life.

"I think I need to go to he ER cause this just doesn't feel right," Lester said.

She had had a heart attack.

"I didn't even feel like I  had a heart attack."

When Lester arrived to the emergency room complaining of chest pains, she found out an artery in her heart was 95 percent blocked.

Dr. Bill turner is a cardiac surgeon...

"With the particular blockage she had it was on the main artery on the front of the heart and the danger there is many  times the first presentation is a fatal heart attack," said Turner.

He performed Lester's robotic heart surgery.

"So she was quite fortunate to have this diagnosed in the early on set so  that we could take appropriate intervention to take care of her," Turner said.

Robotic Heart Surgery is different than the heart surgery of yester-year, instead of sawing the chest cavity open, a special machine is inserted through the wrist and fed through to the heart.

Lester says, a year later after having a heart attack and surgery, the concern for additional heart complications is always sitting in the back of her mind, but being a woman with heart she's not letting it keep her down. 

"I'm in the Lords hand and I'm taking it one day at a time," said Lester.

Doctors say, some of the heart symptoms to watch our for are chest pains or pressure. However, sometimes, no symptoms will be present.

They say the best way to stay ahead of potential problems is to get a yearly heart exam. 

 

 

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