Heart & Vascular Center

Phone Numbers

Lexington Medical Heart and Vascular Center

(803) 744-4900
Cardiothoracic Surgery
(803) 936-3275
Vascular Surgery
(803) 936-7095

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Main Campus
(803) 791-2621
LMC Lexington
(803) 358-6180
LMC Irmo
(803) 732-5388

Helping a Loved One

Support for Family and Friends

  • Learn how you can help those impacted by disease
  • Get coping techniques for stress and lifestyle changes

"I have never felt more at peace than I have at Lexington Medical Center."

— Natalie, Heart & Vascular Center Patient

Cardiovascular Illness Affects Everyone

Even if you’re not the one undergoing treatment and recovery for a heart or vascular condition, you can feel the effects of your loved one’s frustration and diminished daily activities.

Building a Healthy Lifestyle Together

Make Healthy Habits a Family Activity

It will be easier for your loved one to get into a healthier routine if they’re not doing it alone. Encourage your entire family to adopt healthy habits:

  • Heart-Healthy Diet
  • Regular Exercise
  • Adequate Sleep
  • Stopping Tobacco Use
Learn CPR

Knowing what you can do in case of a cardiac emergency will make you feel more prepared and will reduce your anxiety.

Accept Your Feelings and Those of Your Loved One

Feelings of anger, guilt, fear, and even depression are natural responses to the intense change you and your loved one are going through. Do your best to actively accept these big emotions and you will have an easier time finding compassion and forgiveness in difficult moments.

Take Care of Yourself

Make sure to give yourself time to rest, exercise and do the things you enjoy. Try lowering your stress levels through massage, meditation, acupuncture or other holistic healing methods.

Communicate with Others

Talk to your loved one and family members about your feelings. Talk to others who understand the time and energy required to support someone with a heart condition and who may be able to help.