How Heart Health Affects Wound Healing

Posted on Jan 21, 2016

Heart health is an important factor in wound healing.

Coronary artery disease, peripheral arterial disease and other issues with the heart and blood vessels can hinder the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrition to the wound. High cholesterol, diabetes, stroke and high blood pressure also can affect the health of your heart.

To avoid these conditions, it is important to keep your heart healthy:

Live an active lifestyle with 30 minutes of exercise on most days.

  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco of any kind.
  • 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.

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 possibly amputation of the affected limb. The cost to treat these wounds exceeds $50 billion annually.

For more information about how your heart health can affect wound healing, contact the Advanced Wound Care Center, 3903 Lone Tree Way, Suite 104, 925-779-2900.

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