Tag Archives: Cardiovascular care

Pet Therapy Stress Break

In addition to being affectionally called “Man’s Best Friend,” did you know that dogs are also good for your heart? A study from the American Heart Association found that dog owners tend to have lower blood pressure and lower resting heart rates than people who don’t have a dog. The study found dog owners also tend to be more active, report fewer incidences of depression and experience lower stress levels. What’s more, the study found that children who grow up in a house with a dog are less likely to be obese.

Lexington Medical Center has a robust pet therapy program – with more than a dozen dogs who visit patients at our hospital and skilled nursing facility. These furry friends are a valued part of the hospital’s Volunteer Services program. Each Valentine’s Day, we invite staff and community members to pet a dog and educate them about the health benefits of dog ownership. Participants also receive a free blood pressure screening.

Here’s a look at some of our favorite photos from this year’s edition.

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To learn more about our hospital’s comprehensive cardiovascular program, visit LexMed.com/HVC.

“Just Say Know” to heart disease

 

Don’t let heart disease put you on the sidelines of life. “Just Say Know” to heart disease by understanding your risk factors and knowing your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers. Put your heart in good hands with Lexington Medical Heart and Vascular Center. Learn more at LexMed.com/HVC.

New Treatment for Pulmonary Embolism

Have you heard of pulmonary embolism (PE)? It’s a blockage in one of the pulmonary arteries in your lungs.

In most cases, PE is caused by blood clots that travel to the lungs from the legs or other parts of the body, which is known as deep vein thrombosis.
These clots contribute to 100,000 deaths per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Lexington Medical Center now offers a new treatment option for patients suffering from PE — the EKOS EkoSonic® Endovascular System.

With this system, interventional cardiologists can deliver lower doses of thrombolytic, or clot-busting, medicines directly into the clots. Ultrasound pulses in the system are used to fragment the clot, helping the clot-busting drug to more effectively “melt” it away.

Massive PE diagnosed by computed tomography

Massive PE diagnosed by computed tomography

EKOS catheter inserted through the clot

EKOS catheter inserted through the clot

“While systemic thrombolysis relies on blood flow, which is very limited in completely blocked vessels, to deliver a larger dose of thrombolytic drug to the intact surface of the clot, catheter-directed thrombolysis uses catheters placed directly through the clots to deliver smaller doses of thrombolytic drug right into the middle of the clots,” said Robert Leonardi, MD, FACC, FSCAI, at Lexington Cardiology.

Dr. Leonardi talked about the procedure on WLTX recently.


“Catheter-directed thrombolysis helps patients recover from life-threatening PE more quickly and more completely by providing most or all of the benefit of full-dose, systemic thrombolysis with substantially less bleeding risk,” said Dr. Leonardi.

LMC performed its first catheter-directed thrombolysis for PE last year.

Risk Factors for Pulmonary Embolism
Even though anyone can develop blood clots and pulmonary embolism, certain factors increase your risk.

•Medical history
•Heart disease
•Certain cancers
•Prolonged immobility, such as bed rest and sitting during travel
•Surgery
•Smoking
•Obesity
•Supplemental estrogen, such as birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy
•Pregnancy