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Color Me Stress Free

Today is the first day of American Heart Month. Lexington Medical Center is committed to teaching our community how to Just Say Know to heart disease through continuing education about the #1 killer of men and women.

Did you know that poorly managed stress can hurt your heart? During stressful times, our bodies release stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, which prepare our bodies to rev up to meet upcoming challenges. But these challenges are supposed to be short-term. When they last month after month, stress hormones can damage the body.

The longer stress hormones circulate in the body, especially when high blood pressure is present, the more inflammation and damage can occur in the walls of the arteries. This damage can create cracks where plaques can form, leading to blockages in the arteries. Increased inflammation can trigger the blockages to rupture, causing heart attacks. Stress can also cause the arteries to constrict, restricting blood flow and increasing blood pressure.

While we may not always be able to change the situation that’s causing our stress, we do have a choice in how we respond. One of the most powerful ways to combat stress is by coloring. visit LexMed.com/Know and download a free “Color Me Stress Free” color sheet. Finish your picture, take a photo and post it with the hashtag #LMCJustSayKnow. Take a look at the video below for a preview.

 

Meanwhile, walking is another one of nature’s best tranquilizers. Whether it’s a five-minute walk during a break at work or an hour-long walk in a park on the weekend, walking will definitely help. In fact, any exercise will help you better deal with stress.

Test your heart health knowledge by taking a quiz on LexMed.com/Know.

We look forward to keeping your heart healthy!

Under Pressure: How Blood Pressure Affects Your Health

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to present its July physician lecture, “Under Pressure: How Blood Pressure Affects Your Health,” on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium on the hospital campus. Dr. Payton Foust of Lexington Family Practice Otarre Pointe, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, will give the lecture. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. It’s part of the hospital’s monthly physician lecture series on health topics that are important to our community.

Dr. Payton Foust

Dr. Payton Foust

Blood pressure is a significant health problem. In the United States, one out of every 3 adults has high blood pressure. Sometimes, people are unaware that they have it. High blood pressure can increase your risk for heart attack and stroke. Over time, uncontrolled high blood pressure can be fatal.
“Though medical treatment for hypertension is important and will ultimately be overseen by a health care professional, patients have a tremendous ability to lower their blood pressure through lifestyle modification,” Dr. Foust said. “Patients should work to maintain a healthy blood pressure and healthy lifestyle.”

A magna cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina Honors College in Columbia, Dr. Foust earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He then completed his family medicine residency at Self Regional Healthcare in Greenwood, S.C.

bloodpressure_13Dr. Foust is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has additional certifications in advanced life support for general, cardiac, obstetric and pediatric patients. He is also certified in critical care support. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Association.

The Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium is at 2728 Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia on the hospital campus.

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.

“Holes in the Heart”

Join Lexington Medical Center cardiologist Robert A. Leonardi, MD, FACC in Sumter on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 for a free presentation called “Holes in the Heart.” The event is part of Lexington Medical Center’s quarterly patient education series in Sumter, featuring medical topics that are important to our community.

Dr. Robert Leonardi

Dr. Robert Leonardi

“Holes in the Heart” will take place on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. inside Sumter Cardiology at 540 Physicians Lane in Sumter.

Lexington Medical Center’s full range of cardiac services includes non-surgical closure for “holes in the heart” known as atrial septal defects (ASDs) and patent foramen ovale (PFO).

Courtesy: American Heart Association Heart.org

Courtesy: American Heart Association
Heart.org

ASD and PFO are congenital heart defects, meaning that people are born with them. Many patients are unaware of these “holes in the heart,” which can cause heart failure and have been associated with increased risk of stroke. Dr. Leonardi will discuss the problems these holes can cause, how they are diagnosed, and available treatments.

Affiliated with Duke Medicine, Lexington Medical Center offers comprehensive cardiovascular care with state-of-the-art technology. That includes open heart surgery, catheterizations, angioplasty, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) to replace the aortic valve with a catheter instead of open heart surgery, and an electrophysiology program that diagnoses and treats abnormal heart rhythms known as cardiac arrhythmias.

Lexington Medical Center has full chest pain accreditation with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), demonstrating its ability to quickly assess, diagnose and treat heart attack patients. And, the hospital is a Primary Stroke Center, excelling at treating stroke patients promptly.

Dr. Leonardi is a physician with Lexington Cardiology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

At the patient education presentation, light refreshments will be served. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. For more information, visit LexMed.com