Heart Health and the Impact on Chronic Wounds

Submitted by KCH on Thu, 02/11/2021 - 2:43pm
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Your heart affects every aspect of your health including your ability to heal wounds.
Your heart circulates oxygen and nutrient-rich blood throughout your body.

Cardiovascular diseases damage blood vessels and cause blockages that obstruct the flow of blood. This decreased blood flow hinders the delivery of oxygen and nutrition needed for proper wound healing.

Currently, 48 percent of American adults, 121.5 million people, suffer from cardiovascular disease including Coronary Artery Disease, Peripheral Artery Disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. 

Eight million Americans are currently living with a chronic wound, and most of them have 3 to 4 other chronic conditions including cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. These people are at high risk for complications without proper wound care. An unhealed wound on the foot or leg can lead to amputation. In fact, 82% of lower leg amputations are due to poor circulation of the affected limb.

Take steps to prevent conditions that may affect the health of your heart and proper wound healing. The Center for Wound Healing at Knox Community Hospital offers the following tips to live a heart-healthy life.

Eat Healthily
Low-fat, high-fiber food is good for your heart. Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains every day.

Be Active
Walk, run, dance, swim . . . find a way to get moving for at least 30 minutes every day. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy weight.

Take Care
Be kind to yourself. Practice positive self-talk. Make sleep a priority. Reduce stress with fun hobbies. Stop smoking and all use of nicotine. 

Get Screened
See your healthcare provider at least twice a year. Ask about screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes.

If you or someone you know is living with cardiovascular disease, it is especially important to detect wounds early. Seek specialized wound care to prevent possible infection, hospitalization, and amputation due to poor circulation. For more information, contact our office at 740.393.HEAL (4325).