Wound Healing and Cardiac Cath Lab raise awareness for heart health in February.
Heart health is one of the most important factors that can affect wound
healing and Sierra View Medical Center is raising awareness for this cause
during National Heart Health Month.
This February, Sierra View will be participating in the heart health campaign
by providing tips and statistics on social media, highlighting their Wound
Healing and Cardiac Catheterization departments, hosting National Wear
Red Day on their campus in coordination with the American Heart Association
and hosting a Community Blood Drive on February 28 all to promote healthy
The local hospital’s Wound Healing facility is a member of the Healogics,
Inc. network, one of the nation’s largest wound healing treatment
providers, and will raise awareness for the relation to heart health and
Chronic wounds affect approximately 6.7 million people in the United States,
and if left untreated, these wounds can lead to a diminished quality of
life and possible amputation of the affected limb. Of those individuals
living with an amputation, 54 percent lost their limb(s) due to complications
related to vascular disease.
“Coronary artery disease, peripheral arterial disease and other issues
with the heart and vessels can hinder blood flow, oxygen and nutrition
to a wound,” explains D. Scott Covington, MD, FACS, executive vice
president, provider education and engagement for Healogics. “February
is American Heart Month and an opportunity for patients to understand
how their heart can affect their wound healing.”
To prevent complications with wound healing and heart health issues, the
local hospital has provided these tips: live an active lifestyle with
30 minutes of exercise on most days, ensure you get quality sleep by making
it a priority in your life, don’t smoke or use tobacco of any kind
as it is one of the most significant risk factors for developing heart
disease, manage your stress in a healthy way with positive self-talk and
doing things you enjoy, and see your healthcare provider for regular screenings
such as blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes screenings.