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On the Road Again

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to present a new blog series called “Meet the Patients.” We share the stories of some of the members of our community that we have the privilege of treating in our hospital network.

Diane McNinch was born with a genetic heart condition called Long QT Syndrome. That’s where the muscle cells of the heart take an abnormally long tie to “recharge.” Untreated, LQTS can increase the risk for a life-threatening arrhythmia. Doctors with Lexington Cardiology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, implanted a defibrillator in Diane’s side to help keep her heart in a healthy rhythm.

The technology has allowed her to continue her passion for running. She shares her story below.

Many people have no symptoms, no family history of heart problems and may never know they have the condition. Others may have a family history of sudden cardiac death or worrisome symptoms. Symptoms can include palpitations, lightheadedness, loss of consciousness, seizures or even cardiac arrest. People with symptoms should see their doctor.

Diane is more than 1,200 women running in the Lexington Medical Center Heart and Sole Women’s Five Miler in Columbia tomorrow. You can still register. Visit HeartAndSoleRun.com.

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