National Heart Health Month at Sierra View Medical Center

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 heart living.
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 wound healing.

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.