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Hey Girlfriends! Register for Heart and Sole

On your mark, get set, go! Join us for the Lexington Medical Center Heart and Sole Women’s Five Miler on Saturday, April 21 in downtown Columbia. This women-only event features a five-mile run, a five-mile walk and a three-mile-walk. In its 17th year, Heart and Sole is designed to celebrate women and the power of a healthy lifestyle, and to raise awareness that heart disease is the #1 killer of women. With a strong commitment to a comprehensive cardiovascular program at hospital, Lexington Medical Center is pleased to be the title sponsor.

The start line is at Arsenal Hill on Laurel Street. The opening ceremony is at 7:30 a.m; the 5-mile run and walk begin at 8:00 a.m; and the 3-mile walk starts at 8:05 a.m. The finish line is at the bottom of Finlay Park on Taylor Street. Each woman will receive a red rose and a finisher’s medal as she crosses the finish line. A post-event celebration and expo featuring Lexington Medical Center clinicians as well as WIS-TV news anchors Dawndy Mercer-Plank, Judi Gatson and other WIS-TV personalities will take place in Finlay Park until 10:30 a.m.

“We’re proud to host the Heart and Sole Women’s Five Miler because it not only encourages physical activity a healthy lifestyle, it also calls attention to the issue of heart disease — the biggest health threat women face today,” said Dr. Amy Epps, cardiologist with Lexington Cardiology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Launched by the Carolina Marathon Association in 2002, the Lexington Medical Center Heart and Sole Women’s Five Miler is South Carolina’s first women-only road race. It has grown from fewer than 400 female participants in its first year to more than 1,300 today. Sponsored in conjunction with WIS-TV, the race offers women of all athletic abilities the opportunity to participate in a comforting, supportive environment. Elite athletes, as well as first-timers, enjoy the unique event.

Women who have participated in Heart and Sole in previous years will recognize changes in the course this year. The growth of Columbia’s Soda City Market on Main Street has made the downtown area on Saturday mornings busier than ever before. As a result, the course will now go down Marion Street, incorporate historic sections of the city and eliminate the Gervais Street hill. These changes will create a flatter, faster course. Additionally, the race will begin 30 minutes earlier than previous years.

For more information, including a course map, packet pick-up, race day and awards information, and to register, visit HeartAndSolerun.com or HeartAndSoleWalk.com.

We hope to see you at the start line!

Monitor Your Heart with Your Smartphone

From taking photos to surfing the Internet, we use our smartphones for a variety of reasons. And now, doctors at Lexington Medical Center are adding one more reason: monitoring heart rhythms.

Lexington Medical Center is the first hospital in South Carolina to implant an insertable cardiac monitor that’s smartphone-compatible. Called the Abbott Confirm Rx™ , it’s designed to help doctors detect cardiac arrhythmias, including irregular heartbeats and atrial fibrillation.

Learn about it and how it helped a Midlands college professor recently in this WIS Health U report.


Doctors implant the monitor under the skin in the chest during a minimally invasive outpatient procedure. The device continuously monitors the heart for abnormal rhythms and connects to the patient’s smartphone to record real-time episodes of irregular heartbeats. Bluetooth® wireless technology allows patients to track their symptoms and share their results with their provider instantly using a mobile app. Physicians can remotely monitor their patients’ heart rhythm and accurately diagnose arrhythmias that may require further treatment.

“Using smartphones to send transmissions and communicate with physicians gives patients piece of mind if they feel worried. This technology allows patients to be mobile and live a normal life, knowing they are still being monitored,” said Amy Rawl Epps, MD, FACC, at Lexington Cardiology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

An arrhythmia is an abnormal heart rhythm that develops when disease or injury disrupts the heart’s electrical signals. As the heart begins to beat too fast or too slow, patients experience symptoms such as palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath or fainting.

While doctors use several methods to monitor heart rhythms, Confirm Rx is the first and only one that’s smartphone-compatible. And, it provides constant monitoring without needing extra equipment.

“This type of ‘telemedicine’ is a shift in the direction of overall patient care and gives patients some sense of control in their own health,” said Dr. Epps.