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Take 5 for Heart Health: Chill Out!

Stress can hurt our hearts. That’s why important to learn ways that we can “Chill Out!” Mark Stout of Lexington Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation talked about stress management in this “Take 5 for Heart Health” segment on WIS-TV with Dawndy Mercer Plank.

A few important notes from Mark:

~Stress can cause your blood vessels to constrict and become smaller, and ultimately cause a heart attack.

~Realize that everyone has some type of stress in their life. But if you carry it around with you, it can be harmful.

~Identify the stressors in your life.

~Find a way to relax and manage stress: deep breathing, yoga, meditation, listening to soft music or exercise are great examples.

Learn more about managing stress at our FREE Heart Fair on Sunday, March 1 from Noon – 4:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton on Bush River Road. Learn more at LexMed.com/Take5

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.

Take 5 for Heart Health: Get Moving!

Personal trainers from Health Directions, Lexington Medical Center’s fitness and wellness gym, were guests on WIS-TV with Dawndy Mercer Plank this week to talk about ways to “Get Moving” as part of our “Take 5 for Heart Health” campaign.

Thad Werts talked about how exercise helps your heart and about “Boot Camp” exercises. Health Directions trainers Amanda Castles and Lyn Pernell demonstrated some moves you can do anywhere, including in your own home. You can watch the video below.


Here are a few notes from Thad’s comments:

~The heart is a muscle. Just like all of our other muscles, the heart can become more powerful, stronger and more efficient through exercise.

~When it comes to exercises, the “burpee” is a total body movement that incorporates upper body, lower body and cardiovascular exercise all at the same time. It’s a great exercise when you only have a few minutes.

~Jumping rope is a great exercise because it only requires a simple piece of fitness equipment and gets the heart rate up for a short period of time, resulting in a more efficient cardiovascular system.

Learn more about “Boot Camp” classes at Health Directions by visiting the Health Directions website.