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Locklear takes good health to heart

For the past eight years, Daisy Locklear, 68, of Lumberton, has made a conscious effort to not only attend but also participate in Southeastern Health Heart and Vascular’s annual Take it Heart: Red Dress Luncheon and this year is no exception.  She has become an advocate for the heart center since she was a patient and had two stents placed during cardiac catheterization in April 2008.

Before her heart procedure, Locklear battled with indigestion as well as managed high blood pressure issues for years.  She decided to seek help from her primary care physician after she had multiple episodes of pain in her chest, which she said felt like someone was pinching her around her heart.  Locklear’s physician ordered an EKG but nothing was found.  She was then referred to Cardiologist Dr. Sydney Short of Duke Cardiology of Lumberton and Southeastern Health Heart and Vascular for further testing, including a stress test.

On April 22, 2008, Locklear began feeling pain in her chest while performing the stress test.  Dr. Short feared she might have a heart attack, so she was immediately ordered off the treadmill.  Within the hour, she was having the catheterization procedure performed, which included the placement of two stents, at Southeastern Health Heart and Vascular, formerly known as Southeastern Heart Center.

Since 2008, Locklear has made many strides to take care of herself and has followed her physician’s advice to include adding more exercise into her daily routine.

“I’m in a lot better health now than I was then because of walking,” Locklear said. “I walk five days a week inside Biggs Park Mall. That is basically what I have done all these years, and I have done excellent at it.”

Locklear added that having a heart scare made her have a different outlook on how to take care of herself.  She is committed to learning about heart health and understands potential triggers and signs of heart failure because of things she has learned over the years, especially at the annual red dress luncheon.

“I look forward to learning different things.  Every time I go (to the red dress event), I learn a little something different,” said Locklear. “It is a good thing because they show us how to do different exercises, too.  One of the most important things that we can do to be healthy is to exercise.”


Locklear said that a lot of women don’t seem to know the signs and symptoms of heart disease.  The red dress luncheon spotlights women, like Locklear, and their personal health stories to help educate other women on the importance of heart health.

“Every one of us that has told our story is different.  None of them are the same,” she said.  “Learning what to look for and what to do about it has made a big difference in my life.”

Locklear has participated in every red dress luncheon Southeastern Health has hosted and plans to attend the event again this year, too.

Southeastern Health Heart and Vascular will host their 9th annual Take it Heart: Red Dress Luncheon on Saturday, Feb. 13. The event will take place from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Robeson County Fairgrounds in Lumberton. A heart healthy lunch will be served along with blood pressure and BMI calculations, peripheral vascular disease screenings, and booths supporting women’s health and fitness. There will also be giveaways, door prizes and voting on Red Dress designs by Robeson County high school students. The event is $5 per person and the deadline to RSVP is February 5. To register, call Joyce Samiana-Blue 737-3155 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Southeastern Health Heart and Vascular is managed by Duke Medicine and is located on the campus of Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton, a part of Southeastern Health. To learn more, logon to


Kelli Skipper is a content writer and community engagement specialist for Southeastern Health.

Last Updated ( Monday, 25 July 2016 13:52 )  

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