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New Blood Pressure Guidelines: Know Your Numbers

Do you know your blood pressure numbers? It’s important that you do.

New guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association have lowered the definition of high blood pressure from 140/90 to 130/80. That means high blood pressure should be treated earlier with lifestyle patients and possibly medication. The new definition also means nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure, with the greatest impact expected among younger people.

Dr. Amy Epps, cardiologist with Lexington Cardiology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, talked about the new guidelines in this WIS-TV news report.

Lexington Medical Center wants you to “Just Say Know” to heart disease by knowing your risk factors and how to treat them. Visit

Lexington Family Practice Opens in Gilbert

Community members in the Gilbert area have a new health care option for family medicine. Lexington Medical Center has opened a new Lexington Family Practice location in Gilbert. This new practice in the Lexington Medical Center network of care provides comprehensive care for the entire family.

Lexington Family Practice Gilbert is in the former Lexington Medical Center Gilbert community medical center and offers on-site imaging, laboratory services, and school and sports physicals, in addition to well visits and same-day sick and urgent appointments. Like other Lexington Family Practice locations, patients will also have access to a Coumadin® clinic and mobile echocardiograms at the practice.

Kenya Cooper, MD,and Payton B. Foust, MD, are accepting new patients at the practice.

Kenya Cooper, MD

Dr. Cooper is new to Lexington Medical Center’s network of care. A Columbia native, Dr. Cooper earned her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in Massachusetts. She then completed her residency at Self Regional Healthcare in Greenwood, South Carolina, where she served as co-chief resident. In addition to completing her family medicine residency, Dr. Cooper evaluated and treated patients at Self Regional Healthcare’s emergency care center and urgent care clinic and volunteered at the Greater Greenwood United Ministry’s Free Medical Clinic. In addition to certification by the American Board of Family Medicine, she has achieved certifications in advanced cardiovascular life support, advanced life support in obstetrics, fundamental critical care support, neonatal resuscitation and pediatric advanced life support. 

Payton Foust, MD

Dr. Foust is a Lexington County native who grew up in the Gilbert area. He graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and completed his family medicine residency at Self Regional Healthcare. Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, he has additional certifications in advanced life support and critical care support. Prior to joining Lexington Family Practice Gilbert, Dr. Foust provided primary care to patients of all ages at Lexington Family Practice Otarre Pointe.


(803) 892-1800 
4080 Augusta Highway
Gilbert, SC 29054 

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Lexington Medical Center Hits the Target for Controlling Blood Pressure

The American Heart Association, in partnership with the American Medical Association, has recognized 19 Lexington Medical Center physician practices with the Target: BP™ Gold designation for successfully treating patients with hypertension in the 2016 calendar year.

Recent AHA guidelines define blood pressure as normal at less than 120/80 and high blood pressure as 140/90 or above. The Target: BP program recognizes physician practices, hospitals and health care organizations that achieve hypertension control rates at 70 percent or higher among adult patients.

Hypertension is a major problem in the U.S. One in three American adults has it, and it’s a leading risk factor for heart attack and stroke. By keeping hypertension rates under control, physicians and advanced practice providers can reduce the number of Americans who suffer from these and other health issues.

“Target: BP recognition is more evidence of the high quality of medicine delivered at Lexington Medical Center by our physicians and advanced practitioners,” said Robert M. Callis, MD, medical director of Quality and Population Health with Physician Network Services.

More than 300 organizations submitted data for the Target: BP recognition program this year. Congratulations to the following LMC physician practices on this achievement!
−Carolina Women’s Physicians
−Chapin Family Practice
−Harbison Medical Associates
−Internal Medicine Associates
−Lexington Cardiology
−Lexington Family Practice Ballentine
−Lexington Family Practice Otarre Pointe
−Lexington Family Practice West Columbia
−Lexington Family Practice White Knoll
−Lexington Internists
−Lexington Women’s Care Irmo
−Lexington Women’s Care Lexington
−Lexington Women’s Care West Columbia
−Mid Carolina Internal Medicine
−Palmetto Family Medicine
−Peterson and Plante Internal Medicine (Downtown Columbia)
−Peterson and Plante Internal Medicine (Irmo)
−The Columbia Medical Group
−Vista Women’s Healthcare

New Blood Pressure Guidelines in 2017

    For the first time in 14 years, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have redefined high blood pressure as readings higher than 130/80.