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Take 5 for Heart Health: Know the Facts

This week on WIS-TV, we’re talking about ways you can be heart healthy with “Take 5 for Heart Health.” Dr. Cassandra Patterson of Peterson & Plante Internal Medicine Associates, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, talked with news anchor Dawndy Mercer Plank about heart disease risk factors for women, along with recognizing symptoms. Watch the interview in the video below.

The segment is part of our “Just Say Know” campaign, educating women about heart disease. Learn more and take a heart health quiz at LexMed.com/Know.

And, learn more about heart health at our FREE Heart Fair this Sunday, March 1, from Noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton on Bush River Road. Discover the latest heart-heatlh information on stroke, EMS and 9-1-1, advanced technologies for diagnostic, interventional and surgical procedures, and mini-lectures from physicians and clinicians. You can also participate in free activities including massage therapy, relaxation training, citizen CPR lessons, blood pressure screenings, healthy food demonstrations and a kids’ corner.

The Measles Outbreak

Measles is spreading around the United States. Dr. Jeremy Crisp, family practice physician with Lexington Family Practice Northeast, was a guest on WIS-TV this week to talk about the respiratory virus, the vaccine and treatment. The facts and calm fears. He answered a lot of questions during a live web chat and in this interview with news anchor Judi Gatson.

A few notes from Dr. Crisp:

~The measles is a very contagious respiratory infection. It is spread through respiratory drops (from a cough or a sneeze). One statistician calculated that a person with the measles could infect up to 15 people if they were not immune.

~The measles vaccine is safe. None of us likes to see our children get shots, but it’s the best way to prevent the measles and the vaccine is very effective. There’s a possibility of redness at the injection site or a low fever, but that’s it.

~The measles starts with symptoms similar to a cold. But the distinctive rash and a high fever will help doctors determine the diagnosis.

~The measles is still a problem worldwide. Many countries have outbreaks right now. Experts think the outbreak in California started from someone traveling from overseas.

~The first measles shot provides 95% of people with immunity. One booster is recommended. If you have questions about your immunity, talk to your doctor. A blood test can tell if you’re immune to measles.

New Year, New You! Learn About Facial Rejuvenation

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to present its January physician lecture, “New Year, New You: Aesthetic Facial Rejuvenation Resolutions,” on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public. It’s part of the hospital’s monthly physician lecture series on health topics that are important to our community.

Dr. Todd Lefkowitz, Lexington Plastic Surgery

Dr. Todd Lefkowitz, Lexington Plastic Surgery

Dr. Todd Lefkowitz of Lexington Plastic Surgery, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, will be the featured speaker. A West Columbia native, Dr. Lefkowitz graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and completed a general surgery residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in Manhattan. Then, he attended the University of Louisville for further formal training in plastic surgery, learning the latest aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgical techniques. Dr. Lefkowitz also completed a highly competitive aesthetic surgery fellowship in New York City, focusing on cosmetic surgery of the face, breast and body. Dr. Lefkowitz is dual board certified in general surgery and plastic surgery.

During the lecture, Dr. Lefkowitz will address plastic surgery procedures ranging from Botox injections to facelifts.

To learn more about Dr. Lefkowitz and his practice, visit LexPlasticSurgery.com.

Lexington Medical Center offers a monthly physician lecture series on a variety of pertinent health topics. For more information on upcoming lectures, visit LexMed.com.