South Central Wound Care Center Raises Awareness about the Impact of Heart Health on Wound Healing.
National Heart Health campaign will take place February 1-28, 2020.
An alarming 33 percent of Americans currently suffer from cardiovascular disease. Throughout Heart Health Awareness Month, South Central Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine
, a member of the Healogics network, will work to spread awareness about how cardiovascular diseases can affect the wound healing process. Chronic wounds affect approximately 6.7 million people in the United States and, if left untreated, an unhealed wound on the foot or leg can lead to a diminished quality of life and possible amputation. As many as 82 percent of leg amputations are due to poor circulation of the affected limb.
Cardiovascular diseases such as coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease, strokes, arrhythmia, vascular disease and other issues with the heart and vessels can causes blockages that obstruct the flow of blood needed for proper wound healing. Differentiating between arterial and venous ulcers may be challenging, but a correct diagnosis can result in optimal treatment options. Careful vascular assessment is key when a patient presents with a lower extremity ulcer, as arterial disease is generally contraindicative to compression therapy, the cornerstone of venous ulcer management.
Rebecca Roberts, DO
Rebecca Roberts, DO, Medical Specialist at South Central Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, explains further. “Our center works with you and your primary care provider, as well as your specialist to not only treat your wounds, but also to determine the underlying cause of their chronic occurrence. This extra step is critical in making the right treatment decision, so your body will be better prepared to heal naturally on its own in the future.”
South Central Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine offers the following tips to live a heart healthy life.
- Live an active lifestyle with 30 minutes of exercise on most days.
- Do not 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 healthcare provider for regular screenings. This includes blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes screenings.
- Take off your socks at your next checkup and speak up about any problems with your legs or feet.
If you or a loved one is living with a wound and cardiovascular disease, contact South Central Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine today. For more information, please call 601-426-4739 or visit scrmc.com. Referrals are not required, and appointments may be scheduled. Facility hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. South Central Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine is located at 1220 Jefferson Street in Laurel on the ground floor of South Central Regional Medical Center.