In a press release, the hospital noted heart health is one of the most important factors affecting wound healing. If left untreated, the wounds can lead to the possible amputation of the affected limb. Some 54 percent of individuals have lost their limb(s) from complications related to vascular disease, according to TVRH release.
“Coronary artery disease, peripheral arterial disease and other issues with the heart and vessels can hinder blood flow, oxygen and nutrition to a wound,” Dr. Panthipa Laowansiri, medical director for the Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center in The Villages, says in the release. “February is American Heart Month and an opportunity for patients to understand how their heart can affect their wound healing,”
The Villages® Regional Hospital Wound Care & Hyperbaric 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 riskfactors 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 cholesteroland 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 needseven 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 Villages® Regional Hospital Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center at 1501 U.S. Highway 441 in The Villages or call (352) 751-8820.
The Villages® Regional Hospital (TVRH) includes a 297-bed acute care hospital which has more than tripled in size since opening in 2002. Located in the heart of The Villages®, the country’s premier active adult retirement community, TVRH offers high quality medical services accessible by golf car. The American College of Cardiology recently recognized TVRH for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain by awarding a Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primacy PCI and Resuscitation—its highest and best level of accreditation. The hospital also offers advanced orthopedic care at its dedicated inpatient Joint Institute, robotic surgery, neurosurgery, stroke care and inpatient acute rehabilitation. To learn more, visit www.TheVillagesRegionalHospital.org.
About Central Florida Health
Central Florida Health (CFH) is a locally owned and governed not-for-profit healthcare system and the largest, most comprehensive provider of healthcare services in the region. CFH provides services to Lake, Sumter, and Marion counties through inpatient acute hospital services at The Villages® Regional Hospital and Leesburg Regional Medical Center, inpatient rehabilitation services at TVRH Rehabilitation Hospital and diagnostic laboratory services at several locations. As a premier healthcare provider, CFH takes pride in providing progressive, innovative technology, along with building strong relationships with patients, families, physicians and residents of the communities we serve. To learn more, visit www.CentralFloridaHealth.org.