HEALTH AND HEALING — At the Regional Center for Wound Care, doctors and nurses work together to develop the best plan of care to treat not only the wound, but the underlying conditions that are impeding the wound from healing. From left: Medical Director Dr. Nicholas Peters, nurse practitioner Jennifer Fields and Panel Physician Dr. Linda Schicker.

Heart health important for wound healing

Published Feb 13, 2017 at 4:00pm

A healthy heart is one of the most important factors in how wounds heal. According to the Rome Memorial Hospital’s Regional Center for Wound Care, chronic wounds affect approximately 6.7 million people in the U.S. If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to a diminished quality of life and, in some extreme cases, amputation.

Patients with hard-to-heal wounds caused by circulatory problems that can stem from heart disease, diabetes and other conditions can seek specialized care from the experts at the Regional Center for Wound Care.

“Coronary artery disease, peripheral arterial disease and other issues with the heart and vessels can block the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrition to a wound,” explained the center’s nurse practitioner Jennifer Fields.

“To avoid complications, it is important to keep your heart and blood vessels healthy.”

February is American Heart Month, a good time to look at how lifestyle can improve heart health, Fields added.

The Regional Center for Wound Care 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 to developing heart disease.
  • Limit use of alcohol.
  • 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 heart disease.
  • 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 health care provider for regular screenings. This includes blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes screenings.

For more information about how heart health can affect wound healing, or to learn about advanced wound care and available treatment options, call Rome Memorial Hospital’s Regional Center for Wound Care at 315-338-7540. 

The center is located at 267 Hill Road at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park.