How Heart Health Affects Wound Healing
Chronic wounds affect approximately 6.7 million people in the United States. If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to a diminished quality of life and possible amputation of the affected limb. While there are several factors that can affect wound healing, heart health is one of the most important.
Coronary artery disease, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), and other issues with the heart and vessels can cause obstructions that hinder the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrition to the wound. Cholesterol, diabetes, stroke and high blood pressure also affect the health of your heart. Coronary artery disease, also known as ischemia, is when plaque grows within the walls of the coronary arteries until the blood flow to the heart is limited. Peripheral arterial disease is a condition that develops when the arteries that supply blood to the internal organs, arms and legs become completely or partially blocked as a result of the hardening or narrowing or arteries.
To avoid these conditions, it is important to keep your heart healthy. UnityPoint Health 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 which can lead to heart disease.
- Ensure a quality sleep by making it a priority in your life. Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night.
- Manage stress in a healthy way with positive self-talk, using stress stoppers, doing things you enjoy, or relaxing on a regular basis.
- See a health care provider for regular screenings, including blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes screenings.
No matter the type of wound our patients are struggling with, UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital’s Wound & Hyperbaric Center can help reduce the time it takes problem wounds to heal by using the most up-to-date approaches and scientific advances available.
Finley is proud to have earned 96 percent healing rate compared to the national average of 88 percent. Our wound clinic offers patients the convenience of wound healing services, as well as hyperbaric oxygen therapy. From treating diabetic foot ulcers and chronic leg ulcers to bed sores and bone infection, Finley combines specialized wound healing services with years of experience to provide comprehensive care that our community can count on.
For more information about how your heart health can affect wound healing, contact Finley's Wound & Hyperbaric Center at (563) 557-2701.