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It’s Never Too Late to Start Exercising

A Greenwood woman is proving it’s never too late to start exercising. Barbara is about to turn 89. She is an outstanding example of someone determined to pick up an exercise program and compete in it at a later age.

Barbara began competing in swimming when she was 68 years old. She said the sport helped her tremendously 11 years ago when her husband passed away.

She has set records and garnered numerous awards, with a goal of swimming until she’s 100.

Meet her in this WIS-TV Health U new story, and also hear from a Lexington Medical Center physician about the importance of exercising in older age.

Dr. Kelli Savia of Lexington Family Practice White Knoll, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, says the more consistent you are with exercise the better – and applauds Barbara’s efforts.

According to Dr. Savia, consistent exercise is decreasing Barbara’s risk for cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders and dementia, and also decreases her fall risk because she’s building up her muscles.

While Dr. Savia says to never do more than your body can take, anything you can do can be lifesaving.

Dr. Savis is especially a fan of seniors adding stretching.

“We use our bodies so much throughout the day and all of our muscles compensate,” she said. “It’s important that we stretch them so that they work for us tomorrow.”

Heart Disease Pop Quiz

When it comes to heart disease, how knowledgable are you? In this WIS-TV report, news anchor Dawndy Mercer-Plank asked community members in downtown Columbia questions about heart health. Then, Dr. Heather Currier, new cardiothoracic surgeon at Lexington Cardiovascular Surgery, provided answers.

Heart disease is the #1 killer of men and women in America. in fact, it kills more people than many forms of cancer combined. A recent study from the American Heart Association showed that approximately 46% of American adults have some form of heart disease. In South Carolina, the most common heart surgery is coronary artery bypass. And, as the population grows older, valve replacement is becoming more frequent, too.

Lexington Medical Center wants you to “Just Say Know” to heart disease. To test your heart health knowledge with a quiz, visit LexMed.com/Know.

Honoring the Oath

Dr. Marc Antonetti is a surgeon at Riverside Surgical Group and the South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center. He performs many types of general surgery.

Dr. Marc Antonetti

He also served in the United States Air Force and took care of wounded military service members while stationed in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He worked under dangerous conditions, including gunfights outside of his operating room window. He also treated soldiers on both sides of the battle.

This week, WIS-TV profiled Dr. Antonetti’s story as part of the TV station’s “Year of the Veteran” series. As Dawndy Mercer-Plank reports, taking an oath to treat the injured means treating everyone, even the enemy.