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HMHEB Hosts “An Evening with Joe Piscatella”
03/20/2006

BEDFORD, Texas – Colleyville city council member Tom Hart got lucky. After ignoring signs of heart disease for years in spite of a family history, Hart has a new lease on life.

A few days after Christmas in 2003, Hart was out for a walk with his wife when he found he couldn't breathe, felt pressure in his chest and could barely make it home. He went to the emergency room at Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital, where he learned that he had experienced a mild heart attack. It could have been much worse – Hart had two completely blocked arteries and one that was 85 percent blocked. He underwent triple bypass surgery on New Year's Eve.

“I had experienced angina (the most common symptom of coronary heart disease) for years, and didn't tell anyone – not my doctor, my friends who work in health care or even my wife,” Hart said. “I am fortunate to be alive.”

Joe Piscatella can relate. Now a nationally known speaker on heart health, Piscatella himself is a survivor of coronary artery disease. At age 32, he too, underwent bypass surgery to fix an artery that was 95 percent blocked. Now, at age 61, tests reveal a reversal of heart disease. But more importantly, Piscatella lived to see his son and daughter graduate from college, has had the privilege of walking his daughter down the aisle, made a toast at his son's wedding and has held his first grandchild.

To equip the Northeast Tarrant County community with simple ways to be more heart-healthy, Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital is bringing Joe Piscatella to the Colleyville Center on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 for a free public program. Heart disease is preventable through exercise and healthy eating, but many people find it difficult to incorporate these habits into their daily lives. Piscatella will discuss healthy eating, effective exercise and stress management – along with practical, take-home tools to help listeners put the message to work in their daily lives.

“There's a whole new life out there once you're healthy,” Hart agreed. “I was determined to get well. I felt I owed it to my family, and I wanted to see my children and grandchildren grow up.”

Take charge of your heart health and join Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital for this free evening program Tuesday, March 28, 2006 at the Colleyville Center, located at 5301 Riverwalk Drive in Colleyville. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited, so make reservations by calling 1-888-4-HARRIS.

About Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital
Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital, a member of Texas Health Resources, is a 284-bed, acute-care facility serving Northeast Tarrant County since 1973. Services provided at Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital include outpatient surgery, women's services, a level III neonatal intensive care unit, a dedicated oncology care unit, neurosurgery, cardiovascular surgery and a dedicated cardiac care unit, cardiac rehabilitation, physical medicine and rehabilitation, occupational health services, psychiatric and addiction treatment and pediatrics.

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