Cardio Treatment at Texas Health Plano Helped Patient Regain Energy
05/06/2013

PLANO, Texas — For three years, Johnnie White fought the feeling that she couldn’t breathe, until one day she felt a new symptom — a tightness across her chest.

Johnnie White and Dr. Vijay Ramanath
Johnnie White and Dr. Vijay Ramanath
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Scared, she asked her daughter to drive her to the fire department, where they immediately put her in the ambulance and hooked her up to a heart monitor. The monitor showed there wasn’t enough oxygen in her blood, so they rushed her to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano’s emergency room, where she met Dr. Vijay Ramanath, an interventional cardiologist on the hospital’s medical staff.

“Dr. Ramanath is truly a blessing,” said White, who is 70 years old and maintains a busy schedule as a local real estate agent. “For the last three years I had been told that my fatigue was normal for my age, which was very depressing and discouraging. All my life I have enjoyed an abundance of energy. He was the only one who listened to me, and I am so thankful, because I feel better than ever.”

After running tests, Ramanath determined that White needed a stent placed into two arteries, both of which had greater than 90 percent blockages.

“Johnnie doesn’t fit the stereotypical profile of what many people think of when they think heart disease,” Ramanath said. “She is a great example that everyone needs to listen to their bodies and if something changes or just doesn’t feel right to visit a physician until they have answers.”

White was surprised that she had heart disease at all.

“I eat very healthy and am dedicated to taking care of myself,” said White, a breast cancer survivor who was more concerned with preventing a cancer reoccurrence than heart disease. “For three years I had been feeling tired and having trouble getting a good deep breath. I never knew that could be a symptom of heart disease.”

Like White, many women, are unaware that heart disease kills one in three women, more than all cancers combined, according to the American Heart Association. The symptoms of heart disease in women also are different than in men. Rather than a sudden pain in the chest or arm, many women experience fatigue, shortness of breath and anxiety. Texas Health Resources offers information and a free online risk assessment of your heart age at TexasHealth.org/Heart.

Luckily for White, her heart disease was caught in time. The procedures to insert the stents went smoothly. “I remember lying in my bed that first night and realizing that I could finally take a deep breath.”

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano is a 368-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, providing technologically advanced care to Plano and surrounding areas since 1991. The hospital’s services include orthopedics, cardiovascular services, oncology, pediatrics and women’s services. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Plano has more than 1,600 employees and 1,200 physicians on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Plano.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.