February 17, 2016
Chronic wounds affect approximately 6.7 million people in the United States, and these wounds cost more than $50 billion annually. If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to a diminished quality of life and possible amputation of the affected limb. Heart health is an important factor in wound healing.
“Coronary artery disease, peripheral arterial disease and other issues with the heart and vessels can hinder blood flow, oxygen and nutrition to a wound,” explains D. Scott Covington, MD, FACS, chief medical officer for Healogics. “February is American Heart Month and an opportunity for patients to understand how their heart can affect their wound healing.”
Fauquier Health Wound Healing Center, a member of the Healogics, Inc. network, offers the following tips to live a heart healthy life:
For more information about how your heart health can affect wound healing, contact the Fauquier Health Wound Healing Center, 493 Blackwell Road, Suite 101A, Warrenton, VA; 540-316-HEAL (4325).