Every day, more than half a million Americans are diagnosed with cardiovascular diseases like peripheral artery disease, a condition that compromises leg circulation and results in non-healing wounds. The staff at Beverly Hospital’s Center for Advanced Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine are celebrating American Heart Month by educating their community about good cardiovascular care and tips to keep hearts healthy year-round. “Diseases that disrupt or impede blood circulation will affect how long it takes for a wound to heal. Good vascular health is a vital part of the care plan for patients who have wounds,” said Maria Rios, RN and Program Director for the Center for Advanced Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine, “A healthy heart and adequate blood flow means better wound healing rates and improved patient outcomes.”
Suggestions on how patients can be heart healthy:
- Exercise at least 30 minutes a day
- Eat a healthy amount of fruits and veggies instead of processed foods like potato chips
- Engage in activities to relieve stress, such as meditation
- Get adequate sleep
- Quit smoking if patient is a smoker
The Center for Advanced Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Beverly Hospital provides a comprehensive approach to treating patients with non-healing wounds. It is open Monday – Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. For more information about wound care, or to schedule an appointment, please call (323) 725-5066. Request an appointment online with our request form.