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The Watchman

Lexington Medical Center‘s comprehensive cardiovascular program continues to use the best technology available to treat heart disease.

The Watchman

The hospital has begun to use a device called the Watchman™ to help reduce the risk of stroke in patients who have atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rhythm that affects the heart’s ability to pump blood properly. In these patients, blood can pool in an area of the heart called the left atrial appendage and form a clot. If the clot travels to another part of the body, it can cut off blood supply to the brain and cause a stroke. The Watchman blocks the appendage. It may also eliminate the need for patients to take a blood thinner.

See how doctors implant the Watchman in this video below.


To learn more about Lexington Medical Center’s cardiovascular program, visit

Benjamin J. Askins, MD, Moves to Lexington Family Practice Lake Murray

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to announce that Benjamin J. Askins, MD, has moved to Lexington Family Practice Lake Murray and is accepting new patients.

Benjamin J. Askins, MD

Dr. Askins previously cared for patients of all ages at Lexington Medical Center’s urgent care center in Lexington. Dr. Askins joins the board-certified physicians, nurse practitioner and skilled staff at Lexington Family Practice Lake Murray to provide comprehensive care for the entire family – from pediatric and internal medicine care to gynecology services and minor surgeries. The practice also offers on-site X-rays, laboratory services, general ultrasound exams, and stress and cardiovascular testing

A native of Johnsonville, South Carolina, Dr. Askins earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He then completed a family practice residency in Columbia. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Lexington Family Practice Lake Murray is located at 2006 Augusta Highway in Lexington. The office recently completed an extensive renovation. For more information or to make an appointment, call (803) 785 – 4747 or visit

Lexington Medical Center Welcomes Katherine T. Ostapoff, MD

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Katherine T. Ostapoff, MD, to its network of care. Dr. Ostapoff is practicing at Riverside Surgical Group, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Katherine T. Ostapoff, MD

Board certified by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Ostapoff has advanced training in laparoscopic and robotic surgery techniques. She is a member of the American Association of Cancer Research, American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association and Association of Academic Surgeons. Dr. Ostapoff most recently provided comprehensive surgical oncology care to patients at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York, the nation’s first cancer center, and at the University of Rochester Highland Hospital in Rochester, New York.

Dr. Ostapoff graduated magna cum laude from Emory University in Atlanta. She earned her medical degree from Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and completed her general surgery internship and residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Parkland Hospital in Dallas. Dr. Ostapoff went on to complete a research fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Hamon Center for Therapeutic Oncology Research in Dallas.

Dr. Ostapoff joins the board-certified surgeons and highly skilled clinicians at Riverside Surgical Group to provide comprehensive surgical care for cancer patients. As a part of Lexington Medical Cancer Center, the practice is supported by the region’s only Duke Health-affiliated cancer program.