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Chronic wounds and heart health

Written by Healthy Living

Keeping your heart healthy can affect how well your recovery goes with chronic wounds. These wounds affect about 6.7 million in the United States every year, and if treatment is not received, it could mean amputation. Many amputations are due to complications related to vascular disease according to a recent press release from The Villages Regional Hospital (TVRH).
“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 Dr. Panthipa Laowansiri, medical director for the Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center in The Villages.
TVRH recommends the following tips to live a heart-healthy life:
• Live actively. Do at least 30 minutes of exercise most days.
• Don’t smoke or use tobacco products because they increase your risk for heart disease.
• Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and other low-fat proteins.
• Keep your weight at a healthy level. Get plenty of sleep; make it priority to get at least seven to nine hours of rest every night.
• Manage stress in a healthy way: give yourself pep talks, use stress stoppers, do things you enjoy so you relax completely, and do them often.
• See your doctor regularly.
If you’d like to know more about heart health and how it affects wound healing, contact TVRH Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center at 352.751.8830.

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