New Heart and Vascular Center Combines Expertise of Three Specialties

For nearly eight years, Lexington Medical Center has provided patients with complete cardiac care. And now, the hospital has taken the next step in that care. Lexington Medical Heart and Vascular Center integrates all cardiovascular services available in the hospital’s network of care. It will lead the way in shaping cardiovascular care in this community for years to come.

“Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States. The formation of the Heart and Vascular Center represents Lexington Medical Center’s commitment to help serve those in our community who face this challenging disease. Patients can now come to one facility where real collaboration can occur to promote the best outcomes,” said Robert M. Malanuk, MD, FACC, medical director at Lexington Medical Heart and Vascular Center.

Lexington Medical Heart and Vascular Center is a collaborative practice that promotes teamwork among all its specialists and serves as the standard for groundbreaking research and advanced heart and vascular patient care. The team at Lexington Heart and Vascular Center includes all Lexington Cardiology physicians and advanced practice providers, all Lexington Cardiovascular Surgery physicians and advanced practice providers, and the vascular surgery specialists from Southern Surgical Group.

“Our vision for Lexington Medical Heart and Vascular Center is to have a multidisciplinary, nationally recognized center that is a regional and statewide referral center for advanced cardiovascular care,” said Robert A. Leonardi, MD, FACC, FSCAI. “Our heart surgeons, vascular surgeons and cardiologists work together to provide the best care possible to patients with complex cardiovascular diseases.”

Heart disease and vascular disease are serious and closely related. Patients who have one are more likely to have the other. The multidisciplinary team at Lexington Medical Heart and Vascular Center combines the expertise of three medical specialties to address every aspect of patients’ needs from diagnosis and treatment to management and prevention. This approach gives patients continued access to the highest quality care while providing them with innovative and comprehensive treatment options.

“Lexington Medical Heart and Vascular Center will allow us to continue to provide quality health care services that meet the needs of our growing community,” said Jeffrey A. Travis, MD, cardiothoracic surgeon.

At Lexington Medical Heart and Vascular Center, your heart is in good hands. Just watch the video below.

Lexington Medical Heart and Vascular Center
Lexington Medical Park 1
2728 Sunset Boulevard, Suites 300 and 400
West Columbia, SC 29169

90 Summit Centre Drive
Columbia, SC 29229

(803) 744-4900
LexMed.com/HVC

Scarlet’s Liver Transplant

For years, we’ve been sharing the story of Scarlet Kasperbauer of Chapin, who was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer in 2014 at the age of 29. The cancer had spread to Scarlet’s liver. Late last fall, Scarlet received a liver transplant from a donor who was an unexpected match – a Lexington County firefighter. In this WIS-TV Health U story, Dawndy Mercer-Plank shares this story of kindness, grace and a new chance at life.

Scarlet has been receiving treatment with Dr. Steven Madden of Lexington Oncology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, for six years. She’s now 35 years old.

Over time, Dr. Madden and his team used different treatments to keep the cancer under control. But over time, the treatments were not working as well, and were wearing her body down. She needed a more radical approach.

So she put out a plea on social media for a new liver — seeking a donor who knew how to sacrifice to save others. She never imagined who that would end up being.

Chastain Cannon is a firefighter at Station 20 in Ballentine. He works with two of Scarlet’s brothers there. Chastain said he felt called to see if he could help Scarlet. Testing revealed his liver was a perfect match for her.

After a long screening and a lot of preparation, the two families raveled to the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York and Chastain gave 70 percent of his liver to Scarlet. Both are doing well.

And the surgery is making history. Scarlet is only the fourth patient in the United States to successfully receive a liver from a living donor for cancer that started in the colon, and only the second on the East Coast.

Chastain is under doctors’ orders not to work for six months. But his fellow firemen are working his shifts and allowing him to get the salary.

It’s saving Scarlet’s life.

National Wear Red Day

Today is National Wear Red Day. Each year, the first Friday in February is designated as a day to wear red and raise awareness that heart disease is the #1 killer of men and women. More people die from heart disease than many forms of cancer combined. In South Carolina, one out of every three deaths is directly related to cardiovascular disease.

Today, Lexington Medical Center employees wearing red gathered in the atrium of the hospital to take this photo.

Lexington Medical Heart and Vascular Center wants you to “Just Say Know” to heart disease. Test your heart health knowledge by going to LexMed.com/Know, where you can take quizzes on blood pressure, heart disease and heart attacks. Knowledge is power when it comes to taking care of your heart.