The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Palms of Pasadena Hospital shares tips on how to live a heart healthy life for American Heart Month

St. Petersburg, FL (February 8, 2018) - 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, peripheral arterial disease and other issues with the heart and vessels can hinder blood flow, oxygen and nutrition to a wound,” explains D. Scott Covington, MD, FACS, executive vice president, provider education and engagement for Healogics. “February is American Heart Month and an opportunity for patients to understand how their heart can affect their wound healing.”

Wound Care Center name, a member of the Healogics, Inc. network, offers the following tips to live a heart healthy life.

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

For more information about how your heart health can affect wound healing, contact the Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Palms of Pasadena Hospital at 727-341-7870.

About the Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Palms of Pasadena Hospital

The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Palms of Pasadena Hospital follows a multidisciplinary approach to wound healing.  After an initial evaluation, each patient receives a comprehensive, individualized plan designed to help heal these complicated wounds. We work to address the underlying cause of the problem, control infection and improve the overall health of our patients. We offer state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen technology to help heal wounds. Over the course of several treatments, many patients achieve wound healing that is not otherwise possible using other methods. Our staff will also coordinate your care with your primary care physician to ensure your overall well-being.

About Healogics

Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Healogics and its affiliated companies manage a network of 700 outpatient Wound Care Centers® across the United States and multiple locations in the United Kingdom. Healogics currently has more than 3,000 employees, including nearly 300 employed providers (Healogics Specialty Providers). In addition to the company’s network of outpatient Wound Care Centers, Healogics providers partner with over 400 skilled nursing facilities to care for patients with chronic wounds. More than 300,000 patients were treated by Healogics providers in 2016. For additional information, please visit Healogics.