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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.”
Fauquier Health’s Wound Healing Center offers the following tips to live a heart healthy life.
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