Archive | December, 2019

New Mobile MRI Takes to the Road

Lexington Medical Center has an all-new mobile magnetic resonance imaging unit to better serve patients in the Midlands. The unit will travel to Lexington Family Practice Northeast, Palmetto Family Medicine, Lexington Family Practice Summit, Lexington Family Practice White Knoll and the main campus. This wide-bore MRI features extremely high detail and gives patients a convenient alternative to in-hospital imaging services.

“This mobile MRI unit will give Lexington Medical Center the ability to bring MRI services to any of our physician practices. For patients who might have to drive 20 to 30 minutes to receive an MRI at one of our current locations, this technology gives them the ability to have it done right in their home area using a state-of-the-art machine,” said Wesley Harden, FAHRA, CRA, BSRT, director of Imaging Services.

MRI is a non-invasive medical test that uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce precise images that allow clinicians to clearly see details of soft tissue, bone, joints and ligaments. Many physicians now say it is one of their most critical diagnostic tools for everything from sports injuries to early stages of disease.

To schedule patients for a mobile MRI, call Centralized Scheduling at (803) 791-2641.

Lexington Medical Center Hits the Target for Controlling Blood Pressure

The American Heart Association, in partnership with the American Medical Association, has recognized 25 Lexington Medical Center physician practices with the Target: BP™ Gold designation for successfully treating patients with hypertension in the 2018 calendar year.

“Target: BP recognition is more evidence of the high quality of medicine delivered at Lexington Medical Center by our physicians and advanced practice providers,” said Robert M. Callis, MD, medical director of Quality and Population Health with Physician Network Services.

AHA guidelines define blood pressure as normal at less than 130/80 and high blood pressure as 140/90 or above. The Target: BP program recognizes physician practices, hospitals and health care organizations that achieve hypertension control rates at 70 percent or higher among adult patients.

Hypertension is a major problem in the U.S. One in three American adults has it, and it’s a leading risk factor for heart attack and stroke. By keeping hypertension rates under control, physicians and advanced practice providers can reduce the number of Americans who suffer from these and other health issues.

Congratulations to the following Lexington Medical Center physician practices on this achievement.
• Carolina Women’s Physicians Irmo
• Chapin Family Practice
• Columbia Medical Group
• Harbison Medical Associates
• Internal Medicine Associates
• Lexington Family Practice Ballentine
• Lexington Family Practice Irmo
• Lexington Family Practice Lexington
• Lexington Family Practice Otarre Pointe
• Lexington Family Practice West Columbia
• Lexington Internists Irmo
• Lexington Internists Laurel
• Lexington Internists Lexington
• Lexington Internists Northeast
• Lexington Medical Center Gilbert
• Lexington Medical Center Swansea
• Lexington Women’s Care Irmo
• Lexington Women’s Care Sandhills
• Lexington Women’s Care Lexington
• Lexington Women’s Care West Columbia
• Mid Carolina Internal Medicine
• Palmetto Family Medicine
• Sandhills Family Medicine
• Spring Valley Family Practice
• Vista Women’s Healthcare

Superfood of the Month: Leeks

Leeks resemble large green onions, but they have a stronger, more earthy taste. Health benefits range from lowering blood pressure to weight loss to helping your skin. This vegetable can add great flavor to stir-fry, salads, braised meat dishes and soups.

Eye Health
Leeks are rich in vitamin A and loaded with antioxidants that help combat environmental pollutants or allergens.

Healthy Skin
Antioxidants in leeks combat aging and can make skin cleaner, healthier and more glowing. Leeks also contain allicin, an antibacterial agent.

Heart Health
Leeks contain kaempferol, which protects blood vessels. They also contain small amounts of nitric oxide, which helps dilate and relax blood vessels.

Blood Pressure
The potassium in leeks helps regulate tension in blood vessels to keep a steady flow of blood streaming through the veins and arteries.

Bone Health
Leeks contain vitamin K, which is needed to produce the protein osteocalcin successfully. Osteocalcin is essential for good bone health and wards off osteoporosis.

Leeks are natural diuretics. They facilitate the natural process of expelling sodium and water as urine. Diuretics help preserve kidney function. The lower the sodium in the body, the less tension in blood vessels and the lower the blood pressure.

Type 2 Diabetes
Leeks are low in calories with very little residual glucose. They inhibit a-amylase activity, controlling insulin levels and preventing dramatic spikes in glucose. Leeks also contain allicin, which helps avert neuropathy or nerve damage often associated with diabetes.

Baked Chicken with Onions and Leeks
Serves 6

2 cups thinly sliced onions
1 cup thinly sliced and washed leek, white and light green part only
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
3 T extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
¼ tsp salt

2½-3 lb bone-in chicken pieces (thighs, drumsticks and/or breasts), skin removed, trimmed
¼ cup Dijon mustard
2 tsp minced shallot
1½ tsp chopped fresh rosemary
1 tsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
¾ tsp freshly ground pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Toss onions, leeks, garlic, 2 tablespoons of oil, thyme and salt in a large bowl until the vegetables are well coated. Spread the mixture in a non-reactive 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Place chicken on the vegetables. Bake for 10 minutes.
3. Whisk mustard, shallot, rosemary, soy sauce and pepper in a small bowl; gradually whisk in the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil.
4. After 10 minutes, brush the chicken with the mustard glaze. Continue baking until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a leg or breast (without touching the bone) registers 165°F, about 30 to 45 minutes more. Serve chicken with vegetables.

• When using a combination of thighs, drumsticks and breasts, cut each breast in half crosswise to make pieces about the size of an average chicken thigh. If you buy whole legs, separate the drumsticks and thighs. When all pieces are about the same size, they’ll cook at the same rate.
• A non-reactive bowl or pan—stainless-steel, enamel-coated or glass—is necessary when cooking acidic foods to prevent the food from reacting with the pan. Reactive pans, such as aluminum and cast-iron, can impart an off color and/or alter flavor.
• People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces labeled “gluten-free,” as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.