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.

“Coronary artery disease and peripheral arterial disease can compromise blood flow and deprive needed oxygen and nutrients,” explains Mark D. Suski, MD, FACS, Medical Director, Center for Advanced Wound Healing. “February is American Heart Month and provides an opportunity for patients to understand how their heart health can influence their ability to heal their wounds.”

The Center for Advanced Wound Healing at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, 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 about how your heart health can affect wound healing, contact the Center for Advanced Wound Healing at 2190 Lynn Road, Suite 320 Thousand Oaks, CA 805.370-HEAL (4325).

Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is a licensed 362-bed acute care facility. Fully accredited by The Joint Commission, Los Robles Hospital has the only Level II Trauma Center in Eastern Ventura County and the only Emergency room in both Los Angeles and Ventura Counties with the coveted EDAP (Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics) rating. In addition, it is the only hospital certified by both Counties as a STEMI-designated heart attack center for rapid heart attack response and is a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. With over 600 physicians on its medical staff, representing over 50 medical and dental specialties, Los Robles is proud to be the community’s most trusted resource for health and a regional destination for care.