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Lace Up Your Sneakers for the Heart & Sole Women’s 5 Miler

Lexington Medical Center is the proud sponsor of Heart & Sole Women’s 5 Miler scheduled for Saturday, April 22 in downtown Columbia. This women’s only road race raises awareness that heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the world. We’ve created a training plan to help you get ready for the big day. The plan starts this week and it’s outlined below. You can click on the image to make it larger and print it.

If a five-mile run sounds like a lot, you can still participate. The event also includes three- and five-mile walk. a To register for Heart & Sole, visit http://www.heartandsolerun.com

We hope to see you at the start line on April 22!

Hoops for Hearts

Last night was a slam dunk! We had a great time at the University of South Carolina v. Auburn women’s basketball game. USC Athletics Director Ray Tanner presented Dr. Brandon Drafts of Lexington Cardiology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, with the game ball in honor of the hospital’s efforts to show our community how to “Just Say Know” to heart disease by learning about risk factors, symptoms and prevention.

If you were there, you may have seen the “heart attack” from our heart commercials. The man who portrays this character personifies a heart attack and tries to guide people to make heart-healthy decisions. He was even in the crowd cheering on the Lady Gamecocks.

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USC defeated Auburn 60 – 41.

For more information on heart disease and to take a heart quiz, visit LexMed.com/Know.

Join Us For A Therapy Dog Stress Break

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 a “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 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14 to shake off some stress by petting a 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.

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.