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Heart to Heart from Dr. James T. Willerson

December 12, 2012

Thank you from the heart.

 Rebecca Trahan - her story.
Rebecca Trahan - her story.
I can't think of a better time than this holiday season to say thank you for helping to save my life. 

Two years ago at this time, I was an avid marathon runner and "health nut" with not a moment's thought about heart disease. 

During last year's holiday, I was struggling with both the physical and psychological recovery from a sudden, spontaneous coronary artery dissection (tear in an artery in my heart) that had almost taken my life.  

Thanks to the quick diagnosis and action, as well as the advanced skills and knowledge, of the doctors and staff at the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital I was given a second chance.  

So, this year, another "sister" heart patient, Lisa Hulick, and I are starting a women's heart support group to help others who are faced with similar crisis in their lives and have nowhere else to turn. Also, to help me in my continuing recovery. (Visit our WomenHeart Houston Support Group Webpage)  

Needless to say, I am especially grateful to each of you who has supported the ground-breaking, life-saving research and education programs at the Texas Heart Institute. My heart is literally filled with the blessings of your generosity. 

I know now that cardiovascular disease affects more women than men, and is a bigger health threat to women than the next five diseases combined, including cancers. I'm living with my new reality, and I intend to make the most of the opportunity. Thanks to you and the Texas Heart Institute.  

With my heartfelt thanks and best wishes for healthy happy holidays,

Rebecca Trahan 

We gladly join Rebecca Trahan in expressing warmest holiday wishes, and in saying thank you for helping us to help women like Rebecca as we battle heart and vascular disease together. 

With my deepest gratitude and respect,

Celebrating 50 Years of ExcellenceSignature
James T. Willerson, MD
President and Medical Director

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