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Living a Heart Healthy Lifestyle

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Did you know that chronic wounds affect about 6.7 million people in the United States? Treatment and care of chronic wounds is imperative; if left untreated, they can lead to a diminished quality of life and possibly even amputation of the affected area.

Medical costs average $50 billion annually to treat chronic wounds, but one of the easiest and best ways to help care for a chronic wound is to have a healthy heart. While several factors contribute to healing, hearth health is one of the most important.

If your heart is not healthy, your body cannot heal. Coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, peripheral arterial disease, and other issues with the heart and vessels can cause blockages or obstructions that hinder the flow of blood, oxygen, and nutrition to the wound. Other factors, including cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stress can also affect the health of your heart. That is why it is so important to stay healthy and active in your lifestyle. Exercise for 30 minutes most days, and do not use tobacco products of any kind; it is one of the most significant risk factors for developing heart disease.

Other tips for leading a heart healthy lifestyle include eating a diet that is hearth healthy. This includes lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and other low-fat sources of protein. Drinking lots of water and getting quality sleep are also helpful in leading a heart healthy life. Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night in order to help maintain a healthy weight. Visit your healthcare provider for regular screenings and do not be afraid to talk with them about heart health. When it comes to hearth health, the most important thing to remember is to take time to do what you enjoy. Relax on a regular basis and help fight stress. 

Publish date: 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

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