A healthy heart is one of the most important factors in helping 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.
“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.”
Patients with hard-to-heal wounds caused by circulatory problems that can stem from heart disease, diabetes and many other conditions, seek specialized care from the experts at the Regional Center for Wound Care.
February is American Heart Month and the perfect time for all of us to take a look at how our lifestyles can improve our heart health, Fields said.
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 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 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.
Rome Memorial Hospital’s Regional Center for Wound Care has been named a Center of Distinction by Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services, for superior commitment to excellence for their patients and hospital partner.
For more information about how your heart health can affect wound healing, or to learn about advanced wound care and available treatment options, call the center at 315-338-7540.
The Regional Center for Wound Care is located at 267 Hill Road at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park.