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Pet Therapy Stress Break

In addition to being affectionally called “Man’s Best Friend,” did you know that dogs are also good for your heart? A study from the American Heart Association found that dog owners tend to have lower blood pressure and lower resting heart rates than people who don’t have a dog. The study found dog owners also tend to be more active, report fewer incidences of depression and experience lower stress levels. What’s more, the study found that children who grow up in a house with a dog are less likely to be obese.

Lexington Medical Center has a robust pet therapy program – with more than a dozen dogs who visit patients at our hospital and skilled nursing facility. These furry friends are a valued part of the hospital’s Volunteer Services program. Each Valentine’s Day, we invite staff and community members to pet a dog and educate them about the health benefits of dog ownership. Participants also receive a free blood pressure screening.

Here’s a look at some of our favorite photos from this year’s edition.

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To learn more about our hospital’s comprehensive cardiovascular program, visit LexMed.com/HVC.

Guard Your Heart on Valentine’s Day with “Puppy Love”

Dogs are affectionately called man’s best friend. But did you know their companionship also offers benefits for your heart health? Studies show a canine companion can help with everything from lowering blood pressure to reducing stress. That’s why Lexington Medical Center is hosting its annual “therapy dog stress break” where visitors and staff members can come to the hospital and spend time with furry friends on Valentine’s Day. The event is free and open to the public.

Community members are invited to the North Tower Atrium inside Lexington Medical Center from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14 to shake off some stress by petting a hospital therapy dog. Lexington Medical Center clinicians will also be on hand to answer questions about how managing stress and finding relaxing activities can help our health. And, visitors can receive a free blood pressure screening.

According to the American Heart Association, pet ownership, particularly dog ownership, may help reduce a person’s risk for cardiovascular disease:

*Studies have found that pet owners have lower blood pressure and resting heart rates than people who do not have a pet, even when they had a similar body mass index (BMI) and socioeconomic profile.

*Research shows dog owners are more likely to be physically active than non-dog owners — tending to walk longer and more often.

*A study found that younger children whose families owned a dog were less likely to be overweight or obese compared with children in families without a dog.

*Additional research has found that pets lower stress and help heart patients live longer.

Each of the dogs participating in the event is a certified therapy dog that visits patients at Lexington Medical Center’s main campus in West Columbia and Extended Care, the hospital’s skilled nursing facility in Lexington. They are a popular and important part of Lexington Medical Center’s Volunteer Services department.

New Heart and Vascular Center Combines Expertise of Three Specialties

For nearly eight years, Lexington Medical Center has provided patients with complete cardiac care. And now, the hospital has taken the next step in that care. Lexington Medical Heart and Vascular Center integrates all cardiovascular services available in the hospital’s network of care. It will lead the way in shaping cardiovascular care in this community for years to come.

“Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States. The formation of the Heart and Vascular Center represents Lexington Medical Center’s commitment to help serve those in our community who face this challenging disease. Patients can now come to one facility where real collaboration can occur to promote the best outcomes,” said Robert M. Malanuk, MD, FACC, medical director at Lexington Medical Heart and Vascular Center.

Lexington Medical Heart and Vascular Center is a collaborative practice that promotes teamwork among all its specialists and serves as the standard for groundbreaking research and advanced heart and vascular patient care. The team at Lexington Heart and Vascular Center includes all Lexington Cardiology physicians and advanced practice providers, all Lexington Cardiovascular Surgery physicians and advanced practice providers, and the vascular surgery specialists from Southern Surgical Group.

“Our vision for Lexington Medical Heart and Vascular Center is to have a multidisciplinary, nationally recognized center that is a regional and statewide referral center for advanced cardiovascular care,” said Robert A. Leonardi, MD, FACC, FSCAI. “Our heart surgeons, vascular surgeons and cardiologists work together to provide the best care possible to patients with complex cardiovascular diseases.”

Heart disease and vascular disease are serious and closely related. Patients who have one are more likely to have the other. The multidisciplinary team at Lexington Medical Heart and Vascular Center combines the expertise of three medical specialties to address every aspect of patients’ needs from diagnosis and treatment to management and prevention. This approach gives patients continued access to the highest quality care while providing them with innovative and comprehensive treatment options.

“Lexington Medical Heart and Vascular Center will allow us to continue to provide quality health care services that meet the needs of our growing community,” said Jeffrey A. Travis, MD, cardiothoracic surgeon.

At Lexington Medical Heart and Vascular Center, your heart is in good hands. Just watch the video below.

Lexington Medical Heart and Vascular Center
Lexington Medical Park 1
2728 Sunset Boulevard, Suites 300 and 400
West Columbia, SC 29169

90 Summit Centre Drive
Columbia, SC 29229

(803) 744-4900
LexMed.com/HVC