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Quit Smoking in 2015 with Free Classes at LMC

4.1.1Are you trying to quit smoking in the New Year? Lexington Medical Center is pleased to offer a series of free smoking cessation classes to members of our community who want to kick the smoking habit for good. The classes, offered at the hospital’s community medical center in Lexington, meet once each week for two hours and last eight weeks. The program is open to anyone who wants to quit smoking, and because of a generous grant from the LMC Foundation, there is no cost to participate.

The first session of classes begins on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at 811 West Main Street in Lexington inside the Executive Conference Room on the 2nd floor. The session will continue at the same time and place on January 13, 20 and 27, February 3, 10, 17 and 24.

A second session of classes will take place from March 24 to May 12.

Lisa Lewis, an RN for Cardiac Rehabilitation at LMC Lexington, initiated the program two years ago to help others to quit smoking. She received her certification from the American Lung Association as a tobacco-cessation facilitator and began to build a program.

4.1.1Since its inception, 49% of the people who completed the smoking-cessation program at LMC Lexington quit smoking, which is above the national average. The classes provide helpful tips for quitting.

The program doesn’t end with the completion of the eight-week course. Lewis and her team check on each participant at 30-, 90-, 180- and 365-day intervals for the first year. The American Lung Association also invited Lewis to become a facilitator trainer, which is a role usually reserved for its employees. LMC Lexington now has a team of five tobacco-cessation facilitators.

If you or someone you know wants to quit smoking and participate in Lexington Medical Center’s smoking-cessation program, please call (803) 358-6180. You must register for the class in advance.

Calling It Quits

Lexington Medical Center offers a free smoking cessation program for people who are looking to quit. It’s the topic of an editorial in the current edition of Lexington Woman magazine. Check it out below, or read it online on the magazine’s website.

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Stroke: Every Second Counts!

Please join Lexington Medical Center on Monday, May 19 for a free physician lecture called “Stroke – Every Second Matters!” The lecture is at 6:00 p.m. inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium on the hospital campus.

Dr. Francisco Albert

Dr. Francisco Albert

Dr. Francisco Albert of Lexington Medical Center will give the lecture. Statistics show that the Southeast region of the United States has a higher incidence of stroke than the rest of the nation. Nationally, about 2.5% of Americans will suffer a stroke. In the Southeast, nearly 4% of residents will have a stroke. Dr. Albert will talk about risk factors, symptoms, types of strokes, the role of blood pressure in stroke risk and the importance of timely treatment.

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. 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.

“Stroke – Every Second Matters!” is free and open to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. Light refreshments will be served. The event is part of the hospital’s monthly physician lecture series and also recognizes May as Stroke Awareness Month. For more information on the physician lecture series, visit LexMed.com