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“Just Say Know” to Heart Disease: LMC is RED for February

Lexington Medical Center encourages community members to “Just Say Know” to heart disease during the month of February, which is American Heart Month. One out of every 3 people in South Carolina dies from cardiovascular disease. And, heart disease is the #1 killer of men and women in the world. Knowing your risk factors and how to prevent them can save your life.

Lexington Medical Center’s “Just Say Know” campaign emphasizes four main ways people can protect themselves against heart disease:

1. KNOW the risk factors.
2. KNOW when to talk to your doctor.
3. KNOW how to lower your risk.
4. KNOW when to call 9-1-1.

Risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking and a stressful lifestyle. Talking to your doctor about your heart, even if you’re healthy, is important. February is a perfect time to speak with your health care provider about your overall heart health, any concerns you may have, or questions you want to ask so that you can take control of your heart health.

During the month of February, Lexington Medical Center will be lit up at night with red lights to remind community members to “Just Say Know” to heart disease. This photo shows some of our employees outside of the “red hospital” last night.


To test your heart health knowledge, go to LexMed.com/Know to take an online quiz.

You can also schedule a hospital speaker to talk to your business, church group or organization about heart disease. Visit LexMed.com/Know or call Lexington Medical Center Community Outreach at (803) 936-8850.

Lexington Medical Center will host a FREE heart fair on Sunday, February 28 from Noon – 4:00 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in downtown Columbia. Attendees can walk through a MEGA inflatable heart, take an exercise class, and learn their blood pressure and Body Mass Index (BMI). Visitors can also learn about advanced technologies for heart care, meet Lexington Medical Center physicians and watch healthy cooking demonstrations.

Take 5 for Heart Health: Call 911

When someone is having a heart attack, is it better to call 911 for an ambulance or drive the person to the hospital yourself? In a segment on WIS-TV this week, Jamie Jeffcoat of LMC’s Center for Best Practice explained the answer.

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Learn more about the importance of calling 911 at our Heart Fair on Sunday, March 2 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton on Bush River Road in Columbia. It’s FREE and open to the public. Visit LexMed.com/Take5 to learn more.

Take 5 for Heart Health: Call 911

Imagine you’re out in public or at home when someone has a heart attack. Would you know what to do?

Experts say to call 911 for an ambulance instead of driving the person to the hospital yourself when you suspect a heart attack or stroke. Unlike your car, the ambulance has an EKG machine in it. Paramedics can do an EKG inside the ambulance and send the results directly to the emergency department at the hospital. Then physicians in the ER can notify the on-call cardiologist and catheterization lab team or surgeon to send the patient straight into treatment upon arrival.

The ambulance also has a cardiac monitor that can tell if the patient has any arrhythmias.

Every minute counts.