Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center
Title
Wound Care Center Reflects on Heart Month and How Heart Health Affects Wound Healing
Date
03/16/2016
Article

Coronary artery disease, also known as ischemia, is when plaque grows within the walls of the coronary arteries until the blood flow to the heart is limited. Peripheral arterial disease is a condition that develops when the arteries that supply blood to the internal organs, arms and legs become completely or partially blocked as a result of atherosclerosis.

To avoid these conditions, it is important to keep your heart healthy. The PSJMC Wound Care 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 PSJMC Wound Care Center located at 301 N. Madison, Suite 310, Joliet, IL, or call 815.773.7737.

Wound Care PSJMC Staff
PSJMC Wound Care Center Team