The Impact of Heart Health on Wound Healing

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1 in 2 Americans suffer from a cardiovascular disease. Coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease and other issues with the heart and vessels can cause blockages that obstruct the flow of blood.

Quick Facts

  • Decreased blood flow hinders the delivery of oxygen and nutrition needed for proper wound healing.
  •  An unhealed wound on the foot or leg can lead to amputation.
  •  82% of leg amputations are due to poor circulation of the affected limb.

What does cardiovascular disease include?

  • Arrhythmia
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • Heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Heart valve problems
  • Heart attack
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • Stroke
  • Vascular disease

Next Steps

  • Take off your socks at your next checkup and speak up about any problems with your legs or feet.
  • If you or a loved one is living with a wound and cardiovascular disease, find a Wound Care Center® near you.

American Heart Association
Center for Disease Control and Prevention