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Southeastern Wound Healing Center shares tips on how to live a heart healthy life for American Heart Month

Heart health is one of the most important factors that can affect wound healing. Chronic wounds affect approximately 6.7 million people in the United States, and if left untreated, these wounds can lead to a diminished quality of life and possible amputation of the affected limb. Of those individuals living with an amputation, 54 percent lost their limb(s) due to complications related to vascular disease.

“Patients with coronary artery disease and peripheral vascular disease have a delay in wound healing,” said Southeastern Wound Healing Center Medical Director Dr. Karl Moo Young. “This is due to a slowing of blood flow, oxygen and nutrients to the wound tissues.”

Southeastern Wound Healing Center, a member of the Healogics, Inc., network and an affiliate of Southeastern Health, offers the following tips to live a heart healthy life:

  • Live an active lifestyle with 30 minutes of exercise on most days.
  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco of any kind as it is one of the most significant risk factors for developing heart disease.
  • Eat a diet that is heart-healthy. This includes lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and other low-fat sources of protein.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. All of these chronic conditions can lead to heart disease.
  • Ensure you get quality sleep by making it a priority in your life. Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night.
  • Manage your stress in a healthy way with positive self-talk, using stress stoppers, doing things you enjoy, and relaxing on a regular basis.
  • See your healthcare provider for regular screenings. This includes blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes screenings.

 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Southeastern Wound Healing Center, which is located at 103 W. 27th Street in Lumberton, at (910) 735-8912 or logon to www.southeasternhealth.org/woundhealing. No referral is required.

Last Updated ( Monday, 29 January 2018 15:04 )  


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