Heart Health Impacts Wound Healing
At any given time, almost six million Americans suffer from problem wounds. There are many different types of wounds. Wounds can be the result of injuries, pressure sores, complications from diabetes, radiation treatments for cancer, heart and vascular disorders or other health issues.
Healing requires the circulation of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the wound area by the heart. When the heart isn’t working properly, wound healing is compromised. An alarming 33 percent of Americans suffer from a cardiovascular disease such as coronary artery disease, peripheral arterial disease or other issues that can hinder the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients to a wound and inhibit the body’s healing response.
It’s critical to focus on maintaining your best possible heart health, especially if you have a chronic wound or a high wound risk due to other medical conditions.
Wound healing requires the right diagnosis and treatment, time and persistence. If you or someone you love isn’t getting the wound care and healing needed, ask the doctor for a referral to the Lake Health Wound Care and Hyperbaric Treatment Center at West Medical Center in Willoughby.