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February’s Physician Lecture Series: “Healing the Heart” with Dr. Heather M. Currier

February is American Heart Month. During this time, we are taking steps to raise awareness about heart health, and we can all encourage our family and friends to prevent heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but there are many ways to prevent it, starting by being conscious of our health and living a heart healthy lifestyle.

On February 6, Lexington Medial Center cardiac surgeon, Dr. Heather M. Currier will be the featured speaker for this month’s Physician Lecture Series. Dr. Currier is a well-established cardiac surgeon, earning the 2014 “Award of Honor” by the American Board of Cardiology recognizing her work as a board consultant of cardiac surgery. She will be speaking on caring for yourself or a loved one after bypass surgery.

The event will be held at the Michael J. Beidiger Auditorium located in Lexington Medical Park 1 at 2728 Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia. The event is free to the public and includes health screenings beginning at 5pm. A heart healthy dinner will begin at 6pm with Dr. Currier’s lecture following at 6:45pm. To reserve your spot, call (803) 935-8260 by February 3rd.

Every year, nearly 500,000 people in the United States undergo coronary artery bypass surgery. To learn more about how to care for yourself or a loved one after bypass surgery, we hope you will join us on February 6.

Guard Your Heart With the Love of A Dog

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 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 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. 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.