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National Wear Red Day

Are you seeing red today? We are! Lexington Medical Center employees gathered for a group photo inside the hospital today for #NationalWearRedDay. We want our community to “Just Say Know” to heart disease by learning about risk factors.

Risk factors make you more likely to develop a disease. They can also increase the chances that a disease will get worse. The good news is that 80 percent of heart attacks and strokes can be prevented and treated if you learn about your risks and take action to control them.

Risk Factors You Can’t Control
*Age 45 or older (men), age 55 or older (women)
*Family history of early heart disease. If your father or brother had a heart attack before age 45, or if your mother or sister had a heart attack before age 55, you are more likely to develop heart disease.
*History of preeclampsia during pregnancy

Risk Factors You Can Control
*High blood pressure
*High blood cholesterol
*Diabetes and prediabetes
*Smoking
*Being overweight or obese
*Being physically inactive
*Eating an unhealthy diet

Other Risk Factors For Women
*Sleep apnea
*Stress
*Depression
*Too much alcohol
*Birth control pills (especially for women over 35 who smoke)
*Anemia

For more information, visit LexMed.com/Know

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Our 2017 Heart Commercial

We’re pleased to present our 2017 heart commercial. It’s never too early to prevent heart disease. That’s the message of Lexington Medical Center’s 2017 heart commercial. It features scenes in the life of a man as he ages from 23 to 55 engaging in behavior that ultimately leads to a heart attack.

It’s the latest installment in a series of heart commercials produced in-house by Lexington Medical Center during the month of February, which is American Heart Month. The spot also continues the tradition of featuring a character who personifies a heart attack and narrates the story.

 

Lexington Medical Center is committed to educating our community about cardiovascular disease, which is responsible for one out of every three deaths in South Carolina. As the region’s only Duke Health-affiliated heart center, Lexington Medical Center is able to provide patients with quality cardiovascular care, and the most advanced treatments and protocols available in medicine.

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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!