Live Life to the Healthiest with PRMC ( Newsletter from PRMC)

PRMC_Slider_New-1024x632Colon Cancer Awareness    March was Colon Cancer Awareness month, and at Paris Regional Medical Center, we have many programs and services to help promote colon health in our community.

PillCam SB Capsule Endoscopy Technology Comes To PRMC   We’re proud to be able to offer an exciting new tool when it comes to diagnosing gastrointestinal problems. The PillCam is a miniature camera, the size and shape of most vitamin capsules, which provides a patient-friendly way to visualize the small bowel. For more information about PillCam and to see if it is appropriate for you, please contact Paris Regional Medical Center Endoscopy (903) 737-3441.

PRMC DaVinciPRMC Uses the da Vinci Robot in Cholecystectomies

In January, PRMC added another major advancement in technology, the da Vinci Surgical System. The da Vinci “robot” allows our surgeons to perform routine and complex surgeries using just a few small incisions. Dr. Michael Brown, a general surgeon at PRMC, has begun the da Vinci system for cholecystectomies, or gallbladder removal. The da Vinci’s tiny instruments and extremely precise maneuvers allow our surgeons to provide patients less invasive surgeries and help speed up their healing time.


Did You Know? The PillCam is used by having patients swallow it and then wear a sensor belt and portable recorder that transmits images of the intestine (via radio waves) for up to eight-hours.


PRMC Outfits its Operating Rooms with Advanced Visualization Equipment     Paris Regional Medical Center is quickly advancing into the future of medical technology with the recent purchase of new visualization equipment: the 1488 HD Camera and sixth generation HD Digital Capture Device (SDC3) by Stryker Endoscopy®, the industry leader in medical optics. With the installation of these devices, Paris Regional Medical Center has positioned itself as a leader in medical technology, ensuring that state-of-the-art technology is being used in the Operating Room.

Did You Know? Our surgeons have performed over 250 surgeries using the new HD equipment to date.

Take Steps Toward a Healthier Life – Walk With a Doc!   We’re all busy – and sometimes it seems like life just gets busier and busier. But when the benefits of a something as simple as a walk through the park can go a long way for long-term health, taking a few minutes each day – or even each week – to exercise is something we should all do a better job of fitting into our schedules. That’s why PRMC is proud to promote Walk with a Doc, a free, non-profit program for anyone interested in taking steps toward a healthier life. Join us every 3rd Thursday of each month at Dragon Park in Paris at 6:00 p.m. for a walk around the track. Local physicians, specialists, and other health care professionals from our community will be there to provide support and answer questions. The lead physician during these walks will be Dr. Amanda Green, a hospitalist at PRMC. The next Walk with a Doc is planned for April 17. For more information visit


Walk With A Doc

Thursday, April 17

6:00 p.m.

Dragon Park


Did You Know?  Research has shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour of regular exercise – so get moving today!

About Live Life to the Healthiest with PRMC –  These bi-weekly newsletters will include information about what’s going on at Paris Regional Medical Center and in our community, doctor and nurse spotlights, guest posts from local health care experts, and health and wellness tips to help you live a healthier life.

If you have any questions or would like to suggest a topic for an upcoming e-newsletter, please contact Kristi Head, Director of Marketing/Community Relations at Paris Regional Medical Center, at We love hearing from our fellow community leaders and want to be your resource for everything health care – after all, you’re the reason we do what we do.





Lose weight, get healthy and you may drive away in a brand new car

Fit City Paris is joining forces with Fit City Tyler’s coalition and their regional weight loss challenge – Lighten Up East Texas.

Lighten-Up-Logo-430px-wide2Lighten Up East Texas is a regional weight loss challenge, created by the Fit City Tyler coalition, in which individuals, teams and communities can compete to lose weight and improve their health. There is no cost to participate.

Sponsored in part by Allen Samuels Tyler and the Brookshire Grocery Company, participants from all over East Texas can join together to create a healthier East Texas community.

Participants will receive entries into a grand prize drawing for every 5 percent of weight that is lost, which is calculated from an official starting weight and a final weight that is obtained at the end of the challenge.

Participants can enter from now until March 31, or they can choose to register at any Lamar County public weigh in location:

  • CrossFit — 4625 Lamar Avenue — Mondays-Fridays, 7:30 am – 7:30 pm
  • Dare 2 B Fit — 4625 Lamar Avenue — Mondays-Fridays, 5:00 am – 6:30 pm
  • Dare 2 B Fit — 4625 Lamar Avenue — Saturdays, 5:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Paris Fitness & Aquatics — 1025 DeShong Dr. — Mondays-Fridays, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Paris-Lamar Co. Health Department — 400 West Sherman — Mondays-Thursdays, 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • PrimeTime — 1128 Clarksville St., Suite 300 — Mondays-Fridays, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Participation in Lighten Up East Texas is also available to any company or nonprofit organization that would like to enroll their workforce into the regional weigh loss challenge and can have a private weigh-in for their employees/customers at their location.

The grand prize drawing will be a new 2014 Dodge Dart, donated by Allen Samuels Tyler. Other great prizes will include $5,000 in Brookshire’s gift cards, usable at any Brookshires and any Super1Foods location in East Texas.

“Our goal for this event is to encourage East Texans to take control of their health, to make smart and healthy choices, to make time for physical activity and to ultimately lose weight in a healthy way,” said George Roberts, chief executive officer of NET Health and co-chair of the Fit City Challenge. “This is a great way for Paris and Lamar County to get healthy as a community.”

Individuals from across East Texas are encouraged to participate.

For more information, please visit

Heart disease kills more women each year than men in the United States — why?

“Each year, heart disease claims the lives of more women then breast cancer and lung cancer combined. Also a greater percentage of women die within one year of a heart attack than men”.

Ayesha Shafiq, eParisExtra columnist

Ayesha Shafiq, eParisExtra columnist

Despite these facts, heart disease in women has not yet gathered much attention or concern. Two thirds of women do not even give their heart a second thought until well into their 50s. More worryingly, research shows that when younger women have a heart attack, they are more likely to die than men of the same age.

It may be because most of the time, women are more concerned about the hearts of their male spouses believing that their man is a “heart attack” waiting to happen and do not anticipate problems with their own hearts until much later to seek help.

Moreover evidence shows that most family practitioners do not look out for heart disease in female patients in the same way as they do for men.

To complicate matters further women’s symptoms of heart disease can be different than the classic male crushing chest pains. It is because women have blockages not only in their main arteries like men but also in their smaller arteries- a condition called (Small vessel heart disease).

A common heart disease symptom in women is pain or pressure in the chest but it does not appear to be as severe as it appears in men.

Sometimes women may have a heart attack with symptoms unrelated to chest pain. Such as shortness of breath, sweating, nausea or vomiting, shoulder or back pain, abdominal discomfort, neck discomfort, unusual fatigue or dizziness.

As a result of these subtle symptoms women end up in the ER much later after experiencing much heart damage.

So what are the risk factors for women with heart disease?

Though the common risk factors for coronary artery disease in both men and women are:

  • High Cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity

Yet women should watch out for the following risk factors.

  • Depression or Mental Stress:

Depression makes it difficult for women to maintain a healthy life style and follow a recommended treatment. Mental stress affects a woman’s heart more than a man’s heart.

  • Smoking:  It is a greater risk factor for heart disease in women than in men.
  • Metabolic Syndrome: Women should watch out for a condition with high blood pressure accompanied by high blood sugar, high triglycerides and fat around their abdomen causing metabolic syndrome.
  •  After Menopause: Low levels of estrogen pose a significant risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease in smaller blood vessels (small vessel heart disease) in women.

Women of all ages should take their heart disease seriously. Women under the age of 65 with a family history of heart disease should pay careful attention to their risk factors of heart disease and should get themselves rechecked every 1 to 2 years.

It is a myth that women in their 20s cannot have heart attacks. Any woman over the age of 40 is entitled to heart health check with their family physician.

Women should exercise 30 to 60 minutes a day, maintain a healthy weight, quit smoking, eat a diet low in saturated fat, cholesterol and salt and should follow their prescribed medications like blood thinners and aspirin carefully along with medications for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

By Ayesha Shafiq, eParisExtra columnist  

Ayesha Shafiq is Director of Paris Cardiology Center, wife of Khalid Shafiq M.D. and mother of their 2 children. She’s been the director of Paris Cardiology Center for 11 years. She holds a Masters in International Relations and runs management with the help of 22 employees.

Paris Regional Medical Center’s “Live Life to the Healthiest” e-newsletters on

As part of Paris Regional Medical Center’s ongoing mission to help the people of Paris live healthy lives, we’re proud to introduce the first of many Live Life to the Healthiest e-newsletters, brought to you by Paris Regional Medical Center.    These bi-weekly newsletters will include information about what’s going on at Paris Regional Medical Center and in our community, doctor and nurse spotlights, guest posts from local health care experts, and health and wellness tips to help you live a healthier life.

If you have ideas for what you would like to see in an upcoming e-newsletter or have health care questions you want answered, please let us know. We love hearing from our fellow community members and want to be your resource for everything health care – after all, you’re the reason we do what we do.

Baylor Affliate

Paris Regional Medical Center Becomes Baylor Scott & White Health Affiliate

We are very excited to announce a new five-year affiliation with Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest not-for-profit health system in the state. This partnership will provide us with advisory expertise, continuing medical education opportunities, and enhanced emergency preparedness capabilities.

The affiliation will help us expand our expertise in several areas, including cardiology, digestive diseases, neurology, oncology, orthopedics, and women’s services (high-risk obstetrics and neonatal intensive care unit services), and will allow us to implement additional quality and safety programs throughout the hospital. For our community, this means less travel to Dallas for Baylor-caliber health care. Now, we have access to one of the state’s – and the country’s – top-tier health systems right in our own backyard.

In the coming weeks, we will host an event to help us welcome our new Baylor partners at the hospital, and we’ll be sure to let you know more as those details are finalized.

Did You Know?   Many of PRMC’s own physicians were trained at Baylor Scott & White Health.


Ralph_Hall_official_photo_portrait_colorU.S. Congressman Ralph Hall Visits Paris Regional Medical Center on January 17

It is with honor that we welcomed U.S. Congressman Ralph Hall to Paris Regional Medical Center on Friday, January 17. During his visit to the hospital, we toured some of our most recent advancements, including our surgical suites and our emerging robotics surgical program, as well as met with members of our Medical Staff and key community leaders.

Born in Fate, TX, in Rockwall County, Congressman Hall has served Northeast Texas with distinction since 1980. Throughout his public service, Congressman Hall has always maintained a keen interest and active involvement in the health care industry, and we are pleased he visited with us to see the progress made during the last 18 months and to see firsthand the investments we have made in our community’s health and wellbeing.

Did You Know?    At age 90, Congressman Hall is the oldest serving member of Congress and one of only two World War II veterans currently serving in Congress.


PRMC DaVinciNew da Vinci Robot Surgical System Comes to Paris Regional Medical Center

In early December, Paris Regional Medical Center’s da Vinci Surgical System arrived. The da Vinci “robot” will allow our surgeons to perform routine and complex surgeries using just a few small incisions – helping to speed up healing time for our patients.

Additionally, the da Vinci technology features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments, which enable our surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity, and control. Surgeons can use the da Vinci robot in the treatment of several conditions, including colorectal cancer, coronary artery disease, endometriosis, kidney disorders and cancer, obesity, prostate cancer, and throat cancer.

Physicians across the world have successfully used the da Vinci system in approximately 1.5 million various surgical procedures to date – we’re eager to join them in the use of this innovative technology.

Technology like this requires a significant investment, but it’s one we’re more than willing to make, as it allows patients to have access to the most advanced treatment options without traveling out of the region for care. Access to advanced technologies, like the da Vinci robot, lets people get back to their families, their homes, their work, and their lives much more quickly – and that’s why we do what we do.

 The da Vinci Surgical System is just one of many investments we have planned at the hospital for the coming year and will help to keep PRMC a top-tier provider in the state of Texas.

Did You Know?   Even though it is called a “robot,” the da Vinci system cannot move or operate on its own – the surgeon is in complete control 100% of the time.

The New Year promises new and good things for the Paris Regional Medical Center family, and we hope the same for your family as well.  If you have any questions or would like to suggest a topic for an upcoming e-newsletter, please contact Kristi Head, Director of Marketing/Community Relations at Paris Regional Medical Center, at


Flu Vaccine Supply in Lamar County

syringeWide spread accounts of the flu throughout the nation and in Texas have resulted in some areas reporting  that they are now running low on the flu vaccine.  Dr. Kyle Jones, MD wants the people in Lamar County to know that they have a good supply of Flu Shots available at their offices.

Office is located at 1055 Clarksville Street in Paris.  You can 903-785-4600 for more information.

A representive at Salas Minor Emergency, located at 1655 NE Loop 286, said that they are currently out of the flu vaccine, but should have a new shipment in either this evening or by tomorrow.