Archive | February, 2020

Pet Therapy Stress Break

In addition to being affectionally called “Man’s Best Friend,” did you know that dogs are also good for your heart? A study from the American Heart Association found that dog owners tend to have lower blood pressure and lower resting heart rates than people who don’t have a dog. The study found dog owners also tend to be more active, report fewer incidences of depression and experience lower stress levels. What’s more, the study found that children who grow up in a house with a dog are less likely to be obese.

Lexington Medical Center has a robust pet therapy program – with more than a dozen dogs who visit patients at our hospital and skilled nursing facility. These furry friends are a valued part of the hospital’s Volunteer Services program. Each Valentine’s Day, we invite staff and community members to pet a dog and educate them about the health benefits of dog ownership. Participants also receive a free blood pressure screening.

Here’s a look at some of our favorite photos from this year’s edition.

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To learn more about our hospital’s comprehensive cardiovascular program, visit LexMed.com/HVC.

Guard Your Heart on Valentine’s Day with “Puppy Love”

Dogs are affectionately called man’s best friend. But did you know their companionship also offers benefits for your heart health? Studies show a canine companion can help with everything from lowering blood pressure to reducing stress. That’s why Lexington Medical Center is hosting its annual “therapy dog stress break” where visitors and staff members can come to the hospital and spend time with furry friends on Valentine’s Day. The event is free and open to the public.

Community members are invited to the North Tower Atrium inside Lexington Medical Center from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14 to shake off some stress by petting a hospital therapy dog. Lexington Medical Center clinicians will also be on hand to answer questions about how managing stress and finding relaxing activities can help our health. And, visitors can receive a free blood pressure screening.

According to the American Heart Association, pet ownership, particularly dog ownership, may help reduce a person’s risk for cardiovascular disease:

*Studies have found that pet owners have lower blood pressure and resting heart rates than people who do not have a pet, even when they had a similar body mass index (BMI) and socioeconomic profile.

*Research shows dog owners are more likely to be physically active than non-dog owners — tending to walk longer and more often.

*A study found that younger children whose families owned a dog were less likely to be overweight or obese compared with children in families without a dog.

*Additional research has found that pets lower stress and help heart patients live longer.

Each of the dogs participating in the event is a certified therapy dog that visits patients at Lexington Medical Center’s main campus in West Columbia and Extended Care, the hospital’s skilled nursing facility in Lexington. They are a popular and important part of Lexington Medical Center’s Volunteer Services department.

“Just Say Know” to heart disease

 

Don’t let heart disease put you on the sidelines of life. “Just Say Know” to heart disease by understanding your risk factors and knowing your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers. Put your heart in good hands with Lexington Medical Heart and Vascular Center. Learn more at LexMed.com/HVC.