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“Just Say Know” to heart disease

 

Don’t let heart disease put you on the sidelines of life. “Just Say Know” to heart disease by understanding your risk factors and knowing your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers. Put your heart in good hands with Lexington Medical Heart and Vascular Center. Learn more at LexMed.com/HVC.

February’s Physician Lecture Series: “Healing the Heart” with Dr. Heather M. Currier

February is American Heart Month. During this time, we are taking steps to raise awareness about heart health, and we can all encourage our family and friends to prevent heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but there are many ways to prevent it, starting by being conscious of our health and living a heart healthy lifestyle.

On February 6, Lexington Medial Center cardiac surgeon, Dr. Heather M. Currier will be the featured speaker for this month’s Physician Lecture Series. Dr. Currier is a well-established cardiac surgeon, earning the 2014 “Award of Honor” by the American Board of Cardiology recognizing her work as a board consultant of cardiac surgery. She will be speaking on caring for yourself or a loved one after bypass surgery.

The event will be held at the Michael J. Beidiger Auditorium located in Lexington Medical Park 1 at 2728 Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia. The event is free to the public and includes health screenings beginning at 5pm. A heart healthy dinner will begin at 6pm with Dr. Currier’s lecture following at 6:45pm. To reserve your spot, call (803) 935-8260 by February 3rd.

Every year, nearly 500,000 people in the United States undergo coronary artery bypass surgery. To learn more about how to care for yourself or a loved one after bypass surgery, we hope you will join us on February 6.

The Most Experienced TAVR Facility in the Midlands

Reaching a significant milestone in comprehensive cardiovascular care for the people of our community, Lexington Medical Center has become the most experienced hospital in the Midlands for transcatheter aortic valve replacement, known as TAVR. The procedure allows doctors to replace the heart’s aortic valve with a catheter instead of open heart surgery.

Lexington Medical Center is celebrating the one-year anniversary of beginning its TAVR program. So far, the hospital has performed more than 60 TAVR procedures, more than any other hospital in the Midlands. TAVR is considered the greatest advance in cardiology since coronary angioplasty.

Currently, TAVR is for patients with severe aortic stenosis who are high-risk candidates for open heart surgery because of their age, history of heart disease, or other health issues.

Lexington Medical Center's TAVR Team. L to R: Jeffrey Travis, MD; Robert Malanuk, MD, FACC; Kristen Davis, MSN, RN, CCRN; Robert Leonardi, MD, FACC; Dee Prastein, MD

Lexington Medical Center’s TAVR Team. L to R: Jeffrey Travis, MD; Robert Malanuk, MD, FACC; Kristen Davis, MSN, RN, CCRN; Robert Leonardi, MD, FACC; Dee Prastein, MD

“We feel so lucky to be able to help these people, many of whom are debilitated by heart failure and did not have any good options in the past,” said Dr. Robert Leonardi of Lexington Cardiology at Lexington Medical Center, who works with a team of clinicians on the hospital’s TAVR team.

Patients with severe aortic stenosis have a narrowed aortic valve that does not allow blood to flow efficiently. As the heart works harder to pump enough blood through the smaller opening in the valve, the heart eventually becomes weak. Over time, that can lead to life-threatening heart problems.


To replace the diseased aortic valve with TAVR, the new aortic valve is compressed into a catheter. Doctors thread the catheter through the body to the inside of the diseased aortic valve.

Then, they deploy the new valve inside the diseased aortic valve, which becomes the anchor for the new valve. The new valve is functional immediately and normal blood flow is restored.

Lexington Medical Center performed the first fully percutaneous TAVR procedure in South Carolina. With this minimally invasive technique, doctors deployed the new aortic valve through just a small puncture in the femoral artery in the leg. The hospital also performed the first TAVR procedure in South Carolina where the patient was awake, and it remains the only South Carolina hospital routinely doing the procedures fully percutaneously, without putting patients to sleep, and without the need for a transesophageal echocardiogram. This “minimalist” approach has been shown to make recovery from valve replacement easier.

Lexington Medical Center hosted a reception on the hospital campus in May with patients who underwent TAVR, clinicians and hospital employees.


To learn more about cardiovascular care at Lexington Medical Center, visit LexMed.com/heart