Huntingdon, PA (2/19/2019) – An alarming 33 percent of Americans currently suffer from cardiovascular disease. Throughout Heart Health Awareness Month, the Wound Healing Center at J. C. Blair Memorial Hospital, a member of the Healogics network, will work to spread awareness about how cardiovascular diseases can affect the wound healing process. Cardiovascular diseases such as coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease, strokes, arrhythmia, vascular disease and other issues with the heart and vessels can causes blockages that obstruct the flow of blood needed for proper wound healing.
Chronic wounds affect approximately 6.7 million people in the United States and, if left untreated, an unhealed wound on the foot or leg can lead to a diminished quality of life and possible amputation. As many as 82 percent of leg amputations are due to poor circulation of the affected limb.
Dr. Jim Schall, Medical Director of the Wound Healing Center at J.C. Blair Hospital in Huntingdon 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.
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, contact the Wound Healing Center at J.C. Blair Hospital in Huntingdon by calling (814) 643-8367. No physician referral is necessary. Learn more at www.jcblair.org.
You can also learn more while celebrating the 17th birthday of J. C. Blair’s Wound Healing Center on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The Center will be hosting an open house which will feature heart healthy information stations and screenings, tours of the department, an opportunity to meet the staff, massages, refreshments and prizes.
The Wound Healing Center at J.C. Blair is part of Healogics nationwide network of nearly 700 wound care centers.
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, Healogics is the nation’s wound healing expert. Last year over 330,000 patients received advanced wound care through a nationwide network of nearly 700 Wound Care Centers®. The Healogics team is made up of almost 3,000 employees, 4,000 affiliated physicians and a Healogics Specialty Physician practice group of nearly 300. In addition to the company’s network of outpatient Centers, Healogics partners with over 300 skilled nursing facilities to care for patients with chronic wounds, and provides inpatient consults at more than 80 partner hospitals. As the industry leader, Healogics has the largest repository of chronic wound-specific patient data in the country. The Healogics Wound Science Initiative, an effort launched in 2017 to provide peer-reviewed research, recognizes the value and relevance of big data and advanced analytics to drive continuous, collaborative learning towards a better understanding of how to efficiently utilize healthcare resources for patients with wounds. For additional information, please visit Healogics.com.