February is American Heart Month which is a good time to discuss and educate all teams and patients about chronic wounds and heart disease. Heart Disease is the cause of nearly 700,000 Americans' death each year, making it the leading cause of death. One of the most prevalent complications of Heart Disease is Peripheral Artery Disease, which affects 20 million Americans, putting them at risk of developing a non-healing wound susceptible to infection, sepsis, and even lower limb amputation.
With chronic wounds on the never ending rise, it is important to take note that three of the most commonly seen wounds are associated with PAD. Patients presenting with an Arterial Ulcer, Venous Ulcer, or Diabetic Neuropathic Ulcers should all be tested for Peripheral Artery Disease. Download our free infographic flier that highlights PAD by the numbers and Six Tips for a Healthy Heart to provide to patients below. Get your copy directly in your inbox by signing up for our WoundTok newsletter below.
When checking for Peripheral Artery Disease in patients, looks for these identifying symptoms:
For patients that have heart disease, or are in treatment for a non-healing wound, it’s important for them to pay attention to their cardiovascular health. A healthy heart stimulates the circulation of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood throughout the body, skin, and tissues and stimulates the body’s healing process. Here are eight tips for a healthy heart:
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