Fauquier Health Wound Healing Center Raises Awareness about the Impact of Heart Health on Wound Healing

February 25, 2020

     Dr. Joseph David, Internal Medicine
     practicing heart healthy activities.

National Heart Health campaign will take place February 1 through 29

An alarming 33 percent of Americans currently suffer from cardiovascular disease. Throughout Heart Health Awareness Month, Fauquier Health’s Wound Healing Center, 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.

According to Dr. Joseph David, Internal Medicine, “Poor circulation is one of the leading causes of lower extremity wounds that we see at the wound clinic.  We assess and address both poor arterial circulation, peripheral vascular disease, as well as poor venous circulation so we can optimize wound healing.”

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.

Dr. James Laredo, Vascular Surgeon of Fauquier Health, said “Heart health and wound healing go hand in hand.” He commented on the importance of healthy blood circulation, “Keeping your heart healthy will keep your blood vessels healthy. A healthy heart and healthy blood vessels ensure healthy blood circulation. Healthy blood circulation is necessary for wound healing.”

     Dr. James Laredo, Vascular Surgeon
     with Gloria Hoobler, RN, Case Manager,
     are raising awareness about the impacts
     of Heart Health on Wound Healing.

Fauquier Health’s Wound Healing Center 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 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 the Fauquier Health Would Healing Center at 540.316.HEAL (4325). For additional information about the Wound Healing Center’s services, please visit online at FauquierHealth.org.

Fauquier Health Wound Healing Center
Warrenton Professional Building
493 Blackwell Road, Suite 101A
Warrenton, VA 20186

     Fauquier Health’s Wound Healing Center, a member of the
     Healogics network, will work to spread awareness about how
     cardiovascular diseases can affect the wound healing process.