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Lace Up Your Sneakers for the Heart & Sole Women’s 5 Miler

Lexington Medical Center is the proud sponsor of Heart & Sole Women’s 5 Miler scheduled for Saturday, April 22 in downtown Columbia. This women’s only road race raises awareness that heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the world. We’ve created a training plan to help you get ready for the big day. The plan starts this week and it’s outlined below. You can click on the image to make it larger and print it.

If a five-mile run sounds like a lot, you can still participate. The event also includes three- and five-mile walk. a To register for Heart & Sole, visit http://www.heartandsolerun.com

We hope to see you at the start line on April 22!

Run, Walk, Honor our Heroes!

The third annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers South Carolina 5K Run & Walk is set for Friday, September 18, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in Columbia’s Vista. Lexington Medical Center is pleased to be the presenting sponsor. Along a picturesque course spanning the Gervais Street and Blossom Street bridges at sunset, the race celebrates and appreciates first responders and military service members who serve, save and sacrifice on our behalf every day.

The race is named in honor of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter and father of five who died on September 11. That day, Siller was off-duty and on his way to play golf. When he heard what was happening at the World Trade Center, he strapped on 60 pounds of gear and ran from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center. He gave his life to save others. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is committed to ensuring that Americans never forget 9/11 and that our children understand the sacrifices made by many on that day.

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The route for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers South Carolina 5K Run & Walk begins near the First Responders Historic Remembrance Memorial next to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Lincoln Street. Participants will travel down Blossom Street, across the Blossom Street Bridge, into Cayce, up the Gervais Street Bridge and back to Columbia’s Vista in the early evening.

The goal of Tunnel to Towers is to support first responders and military service members who have been catastrophically injured in the line of duty. Proceeds from the 5K will benefit the building of smart homes for quadruple and triple amputee veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s “Building for America’s Bravest” program.

You can register for South Carolina’s Tunnel to Towers 5K Walk and Run at www.t2trun.org. The entry fee is $30. Importantly, businesses and organizations are encouraged to build a team of participants.

In 2013 and 2014, participants included more than 800 Fort Jackson soldiers running in formation, South Carolina first responders, law enforcement officers, military service members from all branches of the Armed Forces, avid runners, families and teams from Lexington Medical Center, which is the presenting sponsor of the race. More than 2,000 people participated. Many more are expected this year.

There will be an opening ceremony at 6:30 p.m. and a block party with an awards ceremony, music, food, beverages, vendor booths and family friendly activities after the race at Tin Roof on 1022 Senate Street.

For more information on Tunnel to Towers and Stephen Siller, visit Tunnel2Towers.org.

Lexington Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation Receives Prestigious Certification

AACVPR Recognizes Programs That Demonstrate Excellence in Care

Lexington Medical Center’s cardiac rehabilitation programs have received prestigious certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The certification demonstrates that Lexington Medical Center’s cardiac rehabilitation programs are aligned with current evidence-based medicine and guidelines for appropriate and effective outpatient care of patients with cardiac issues.

Lexington Medical Center offers cardiac rehabilitation at the main hospital campus in West Columbia and at Lexington Medical Center’s community medical center in Lexington. Each facility received the certification through a separate application process.

The goals of cardiac rehabilitation are to help patients recover from cardiac events such as heart attack, stents or bypass surgery, and to help prevent another cardiac incident by developing healthy lifestyle habits through education and support.

“This national certification ensures that our cardiac rehabilitation programs provide all of the required components to assist patients in achieving these goals,” said John Leech, manager of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center. “Cardiac Rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center is a comprehensive program with education, motivation and support that leads to the best possible outcomes.”

AACVPR-certified programs are awarded program certification after an extensive application process that details the program’s structure, individualized care plans, staff competencies and outcomes measurement. Certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available.

There are three phases of cardiac rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center. Phase 1 takes place while patients are still in the hospital after a recent cardiac event, surgery or procedure. It includes education on the anatomy of the heart, a description of their procedure or surgery and risk factors that lead to heart disease. Phase 2 is the outpatient program and it includes exercise, education, nutrition and psychosocial elements that patients follow for three months.  Patients attend classes for 3 days per week for approximately 12 weeks. Phase 3 is a maintenance program of exercise and education that some patients continue for years.

Studies show that patients who participate in cardiac rehabilitation have a 46 percent reduction in mortality compared with non-participants. They often report reduction in symptoms, increased energy, better cholesterol and triglyceride levels, improvements in blood pressure, improved sleep and a quicker return to work and leisure activities.

“We’re meeting a high level of patient care,” said Lesa Naughton, clinical coordinator of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center – Lexington. “Cardiac rehabilitation saves lives.”

While Lexington Medical Center has offered cardiac rehabilitation for more than twenty years, the hospital began offering a full range of cardiovascular services including open heart surgery and elective angioplasty in 2012. The cardiovascular program is affiliated with Duke Medicine.  For more information, visit www.lexmed.com