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FREE Heart Fair February 28

When was the last time you had your blood pressure checked? What’s your Body Mass Index? What does the inside of the human heart look like? Come to Lexington Medical Center’s FREE interactive Heart Fair on Sunday, February 28 from Noon–4:00 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Lincoln Street in Columbia to learn about your heart health. The event is free and open to the public.

HeartFairLogoFind out how to reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease by participating in free activities such as massage therapy, healthy cooking demonstrations, blood pressure screenings and exercise sessions. You’ll discover the latest cardiovascular technologies used in diagnostic, interventional and surgical procedures.

Heart and stethNew this year, visitors can also walk through a MEGA inflatable heart. And, Lexington Medical Center physicians and clinicians will be available to answer questions. The Heart Fair includes activities for children, too. Kids can enjoy jump rope and coloring stations.

Barbara Willm, vice president of Development and Community Relations at Lexington Medical Center, talked about Heart Fair on WLTX.


The Heart Fair marks the culmination of Lexington Medical Center’s “Just Say Know” campaign during American Heart Month in February, encouraging community members to take time for their heart health. The idea was to educate our community about heart health and encourage people to lead a heart-healthy life in four ways:

1. KNOW your risk factors for heart disease.
2. KNOW when to talk to your doctor.
3. KNOW how to reduce your risk of heart disease.
4. KNOW when to call 9-1-1.

Heart disease is an epidemic in South Carolina. One out of every three deaths in our state is related to cardiovascular disease.

For more information on Lexington Medical Center’s Heart Fair, visit www.LexMed.com/Know.

“Just Say Know” on National Wear Red Day

It’s National Wear Red Day! Hospital clinicians and staff gathered in our North Tower Atrium today dressed in our red best and in the shape of a heart to encourage our community to “Just Say Know” to heart disease. One out of every 3 people in South Carolina dies from cardiovascular disease. And, heart disease is the #1 killer of men and women in the world. Knowing your risk factors and how to prevent them can save your life.

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Lexington Medical Center’s “Just Say Know” campaign emphasizes four main ways people can protect themselves against heart disease:

1. KNOW the risk factors.
2. KNOW when to talk to your doctor.
3. KNOW how to lower your risk.
4. KNOW when to call 9-1-1.

Risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking and a stressful lifestyle. Talking to your doctor about your heart, even if you’re healthy, is important. February is a perfect time to speak with your health care provider about your overall heart health, any concerns you may have, or questions you want to ask so that you can take control of your heart health.

And, during the month of February, Lexington Medical Center will be lit up at night with red lights to remind community members to “Just Say Know” to heart disease.

To test your heart health knowledge, go to LexMed.com/Know to take an online quiz.

You can also schedule a hospital speaker to talk to your business, church group or organization about heart disease. Visit LexMed.com/Know or call Lexington Medical Center Community Outreach at (803) 936-8850.

Lexington Medical Center will host a FREE heart fair on Sunday, February 28 from Noon – 4:00 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in downtown Columbia. Attendees can walk through a MEGA inflatable heart, take an exercise class, and learn their blood pressure and Body Mass Index (BMI). Visitors can also learn about advanced technologies for heart care, meet Lexington Medical Center physicians and watch healthy cooking demonstrations.

Five Things to Know About the Zika Virus

The Zika Virus has become a major concern for the the World Health Organization. The mosquito-borne illness may be linked to birth defects including microcephaly in newborns. Dr. Samantha Morton of Carolina Women’s Physicians, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, was a guest on WLTX to talk about what moms-to-be in South Carolina need to know about this virus.


Here are some notes from Dr. Morton’s interview:

1. The Zika Virus is transmitted by a mosquito that has previously bitten someone who has the virus.

2. While the mosquito that can carry the Zika Virus is in South Carolina, no patients have been diagnosed with the Zika Virus from a mosquito that has bitten them in the United States.

3. There is some evidence that the Zika Virus may be responsible for causing some birth defects including microcephaly. Microcephaly is a condition where a baby’s brain does not grow properly during pregnancy. But so far, there is no definitive link.

4. The only people who need to be concerned right now are individuals who have traveled to areas that are endemic for the Zika Virus, including South America, Central America and Mexico. for this particular virus. If you have symptoms, talk to your health care provider.

5. Pregnant women should avoid travel to the countries where cases have been diagnosed.

For more information about the Zika Virus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.