Living a Heart Healthy Life
The heart is the center of your circulatory system, and is responsible for delivering oxygen rich blood throughout the body. Coronary artery disease, peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and other issues with the heart and vessels can hinder blood flow, oxygen and nutrition to a wound. Healogics reminds you that a healthy heart is a leading factor in wound healing.
Facts About Heart Health
Learn the facts and take action to avoid conditions that may affect the health of your heart and proper wound healing.
- Each minute, someone in the US dies from a heart disease-related event
- 27.6 million Americans have heart disease
- People living with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop heart disease
- PAD causes poor blood flow to the arms, legs, or feet and affects about 8.5 million Americans
Symptoms of Heart Disease
Symptoms of heart disease may include:
- Dizziness, lightheadedness and fainting
- Shortness of breath
- Pain in the neck, jaw, throat, upper abdomen or back
- Irregular heartbeats that feel rapid, pounding or fluttering
- Chest pain (angina)
- Pain, numbness, weakness or coldness in your legs or arms
- Swelling of the legs, ankles and feet
Venous Skin Ulcers
Venous skin ulcers are caused by poor blood circulation from the legs or venous insufficiency. Your veins have one-way valves that keep blood flowing toward the heart. In venous insufficiency, the valves are damaged, and blood backs up and pools in the vein.
- Over 800,000 adults in the US have a venous ulcer right now
- Each year the financial impact of venous ulcers is over $3 billion
- Chronic wounds affect approximately 6.7 million people in the US
Tips to Live a Heart Healthy Life
Eat more color.
The best way to get all of the vitamins, minerals and nutrients you need to keep a healthy heart is to eat a variety of colorful fruits and veggies.
Healthy habits can protect you from the harmful effects of stress. Manage your stress in a healthy way by embracing things you are able to change, remembering to laugh a little and learn to “pace” instead of “race” to get things done.
Be a quitter.
Smoking is a major risk factor for PAD. Smokers may have four times the risk of PAD than nonsmokers.
Physical activity increases the distance that people with PAD can walk without pain and helps decrease the risk of heart attack or stroke.
At your next check-up, take off your socks and tell your doctor about any problems with your legs or feet.
If you have a non-healing wound, find a local Wound Care Center near you.