(Pictured above: The pressurized hyperbaric chamber is used to promote
healing at Iredell Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center.)
Heart health is one of the most important factors that can affect wound
healing. Chronic wounds affect approximately 6.7 million people in the
United States, and if left untreated, these wounds can lead to a diminished
quality of life and possible amputation of the affected limb. Of those
individuals living with an amputation, 54 percent lost their limb(s) due
to complications related to vascular disease.
“Coronary artery disease, peripheral arterial disease and other issues
with the heart and vessels can hinder blood flow, oxygen and nutrition
to a wound,” explains D. Scott Covington, MD, FACS, executive vice
president, provider education and engagement for Healogics. “February
is American Heart Month and an opportunity for patients to understand
how their heart can affect their wound healing.”
Iredell Wound Care and Bariatric Center, a member of the Healogics, Inc.
network, offers the following tips to live a heart healthy life.
- Live an active lifestyle with 30 minutes of exercise on most days.
- Don’t smoke or use tobacco of any kind as it is one of the most significant
risk factors for developing heart disease.
- Eat a diet that is heart-healthy. This includes lots of fruits, vegetables,
whole grains, beans and other low-fat sources of protein.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity can lead to high blood pressure, high
cholesterol and diabetes. All of these chronic conditions can lead to
- Ensure you get quality sleep by making it a priority in your life. Most
adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night.
- Manage your stress in a healthy way with positive self-talk, using stress
stoppers, doing things you enjoy, and relaxing on a regular basis.
- See your healthcare provider for regular screenings. This includes blood
pressure, cholesterol and diabetes screenings.
For more information about how your heart health can affect wound healing,
contact the Iredell Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center at 1714 Davie Avenue
in Statesville or 704-768-0542.