#JustSayKnow to an Upper Body Ergometer for Heart Health

Dawndy Mercer Plank of WIS-TV stopped by Cardiac Rehabilitation at our hospital this week to try out our Upper Body Ergometer – known as an “UBE.” Exercise physiologist Heather Long talked to her about the benefits of the machine.

The machine helps you work the muscles of your arms, core, shoulders and back while increasing your heart rate for cardiovascular health. She talked about the machine on her “50 Days to 50 Years Segment,” marking the countdown to her 50th birthday next month.

Interestingly, Dawndy has a broken foot right now. The segment shows that you can still work out even with some physical limitations. #JustSayKnow to heart disease by reducing your risk through exercise.

“Just Say Know:” Talking to your Doctor About Heart Disease

Dr. Jeremy Crisp of Lexington Family Practice Northeast was a guest on WIS-TV this month to talk about conversations you should have with your primary care physician about heart disease. Watch his interview below, which includes information on ideal blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride readings.


FREE Heart Fair February 28

When was the last time you had your blood pressure checked? What’s your Body Mass Index? What does the inside of the human heart look like? Come to Lexington Medical Center’s FREE interactive Heart Fair on Sunday, February 28 from Noon–4:00 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Lincoln Street in Columbia to learn about your heart health. The event is free and open to the public.

HeartFairLogoFind out how to reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease by participating in free activities such as massage therapy, healthy cooking demonstrations, blood pressure screenings and exercise sessions. You’ll discover the latest cardiovascular technologies used in diagnostic, interventional and surgical procedures.

Heart and stethNew this year, visitors can also walk through a MEGA inflatable heart. And, Lexington Medical Center physicians and clinicians will be available to answer questions. The Heart Fair includes activities for children, too. Kids can enjoy jump rope and coloring stations.

Barbara Willm, vice president of Development and Community Relations at Lexington Medical Center, talked about Heart Fair on WLTX.

The Heart Fair marks the culmination of Lexington Medical Center’s “Just Say Know” campaign during American Heart Month in February, encouraging community members to take time for their heart health. The idea was to educate our community about heart health and encourage people to lead a heart-healthy life in four ways:

1. KNOW your risk factors for heart disease.
2. KNOW when to talk to your doctor.
3. KNOW how to reduce your risk of heart disease.
4. KNOW when to call 9-1-1.

Heart disease is an epidemic in South Carolina. One out of every three deaths in our state is related to cardiovascular disease.

For more information on Lexington Medical Center’s Heart Fair, visit www.LexMed.com/Know.