An alarming 33 percent of Americans currently suffer from cardiovascular disease. Throughout Heart Health Awareness Month, Methodist Fremont Health Center for Wound Healing, a member of the Healogics network, is working 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.
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.
MFH Center for Wound Healing, 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 Methodist Fremont Health Center for Wound Healing, located at 625 East 29th Street, at (402) 727-3351.
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