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Rethinking a Summer Staple for July 4th

As the weather heats up, outdoor grills come out of hiding. July 4th gatherings often center around cooking in the great outdoors. And what holiday party would be complete without a hot, perfectly grilled burger. Consider these modifications to build a better, healthier burger.US_Flag

Choose your meat wisely. If ground beef is a must, choose a leaner variety such as ground sirloin. Ground sirloin or, even better, 93%/7% lean beef deliver great beef flavor but with less total and saturated fats. Ground turkey breast or even buffalo are other good options but will require some tricks to ensure a juicy burger. Try adding some slow cooked onions to the meat prior to making your patties. Or add cooked spinach (squeezed dry) and feta for a Mediterranean style burger.

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Go fishing. Fish burgers will provide even less saturated fat and more of the heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Roughly chop a cooked skinned salmon filet or sushi grade tuna steak and gently mix with scallions and other desired seasonings. Don’t over handle the fish however or you’ll end up with a mushy burger. If you have time, allow the patties to chill in the refrigerator before cooking so that they hold their shape. Or add an egg and breadcrumbs to bind the patty. Brush the grill grates with olive oil to prevent the burger from sticking.

Veg out. Frozen veggie burgers can be a great alternative if chosen wisely. Look for burgers with less than 500 mg of sodium per serving. Read the ingredient list and be sure you can identify most of the ingredients listed. “Textured vegetable protein” refers to the soy protein often used in veggie burgers. Veggie burgers should provide 5 g protein per serving if they are to be the only protein source at your meal. Another healthy and delicious vegetarian option is a grilled portabella mushroom cap. Combine garlic, balsamic vinegar and olive oil, brush over the portabella cap and let sit for 30 minutes prior to grilling for a meaty taste.

tomatos green bowlPile on the veggies. The skies the limit when adding veggies to top off your burger. Tomato season perfectly coincides with grilling season. Romaine lettuce adds the perfect crunch. And grilled or raw, pile on the onion of your choice.

Banish the bun. Why not serve your burger wrapped in a lettuce leaf or on top of fresh salad greens. If using the basic bun, serve our burger open faced or choose whole wheat buns with > 2 g fiber per serving.

Speaking of Men’s Health

man at beachWhat do cardiology, internal medicine, oncology and orthopaedics have in common? They’re all specialties that will be represented at Lexington Medical Center’s June physician lecture, “Speaking of Men’s Health.” The free lecture will be held on Monday, June 23 at 6:00 p.m. inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium on the hospital campus.

Four Lexington Medical Center physicians will speak on a panel during the lecture. They are David K. Lee, MD of Southeastern Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, Bradley W. Word, MD of The Columbia Medical Group, James L. Wells III, MD of Lexington Oncology and William W. Brabham, MD of Lexington Cardiology. Each will speak about topics related to their specialties. The topics will include knee replacement, shoulder injuries, heart attacks, cardiac arrhythmias, vitamins, types of cancer, staying in shape as we age, and more. Then, members of the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions.

The event is free to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Lexington Medical Center Community Outreach at (803) 936-8850.

“Speaking of Men’s Health” is part of the hospital’s monthly lecture series featuring medical topics that are important to our community. For more information on Lexington Medical Center events, visit LexMed.com.

LMC Earns National Stroke and Heart Awards

strokeFor the fourth time, Lexington Medical Center has received a “Gold Plus” Quality Achievement award for stroke care from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke program. The “Gold Plus” award is the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for stroke care and recognizes commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients.

“Lexington Medical Center is proud to receive this award as it demonstrates our commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing effective, evidence-based stroke care,” said Vicky Hicks, RN, BSN, CPHQ, outcomes coordinator at Lexington Medical Center.

The honor goes to hospitals with excellent adherence to stroke quality indicators and measures, including aggressive use of proven medications, therapy, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability, and improving the lives of stroke patients.

According to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs and begins to die. Warning signs include weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, facial drooping, confusion and the inability to talk. Risk factors for stroke are untreated high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and high cholesterol. Stroke is an emergency. Call 911 at the first sign of stroke. Modifying your lifestyle can help prevent stroke.

Heart and stethIn addition, Lexington Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s “Target: Stroke” award for the first time. This award recognizes hospitals that give stroke patients prompt, guidelines based treatment that’s shown to have a significant impact on recovery.

The American Heart Association also awarded the hospital with its Bronze Achievement Award for the Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure program and its Gold Achievement Award for the Get With The Guidelines – Resuscitation program. These awards recognize the hospital’s efforts to improve patient care and outcomes for heart failure and cardiac arrest patients, respectively.

Lexington Medical Center has certification from Det Norske Veritas Healthcare, Inc. as a Primary Stroke Center in the Midlands. The Certification Program for Primary Stroke Centers recognizes organizations that follow the best practices for stroke care. Achieving Primary Stroke Center Certification indicates the hospital’s dedication to cultivating better outcomes for patients.