Cardiovascular Health And The Impact On Chronic Wounds
February is American Heart Month.
Cardiovascular disease has numerous detrimental health effects on Americans, including non-healing, chronic wounds. A strong, healthy heart muscle is essential for overall health, but heart disease is a reality that takes a life approximately every 34 seconds in the U.S. The good news? Not all heart disease is deadly, and cardiovascular disease can be effectively mitigated, managed, and treated.
Chronic wounds, caused or exacerbated by poor circulation, can also be treated.
And hyperbaric oxygen therapy is proving to be a highly-effective, CMS-approved treatment. At CūtisCare, we’re trying to do our part to improve the health and lives of patients with chronic wounds of various etiologies, including heart disease.
In this post, we wanted to celebrate American Heart Month. So we’re going to share some of the basics of how HBOT can produce positive outcomes and treatment benefits for patients with chronic wounds resulting from, or exacerbated by, cardiovascular disease.
But just how prevalent are chronic wounds in the U.S.? The National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, provided some eye-opening statistics in a recent article:
The prevalence and economic burden of wounds are not insignificant, with the United States alone spending over $25 billion annually treating chronic wounds in over 6 million patients. Chronic wounds may result from a range of suboptimal health conditions and severe pathologies (eg, diabetes)...Individualized patient profiling utilizes systems medicine, predictive diagnostics, prevention, and treatment tailored to the individual person, that is, the innovative approaches of PPPM. How is this complex process achievable in wound care?
Approximately 150,000 of those 6 million patients will have an amputation each year.
We’re empowering doctors, hospitals, physician practices, and clinics of all scopes and sizes to significantly reduce those numbers with hyperbaric oxygen therapy solutions.
HBOT can be an essential component of any comprehensive treatment plan for non-healing wounds. Treatments involve breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized environment, usually in a hyperbaric treatment room or chamber.
HBO2 therapy has been shown to reduce, and often reverse, some of the adverse effects of cardiovascular diseases, like acute peripheral arterial insufficiency, which can lead to ulcers and other non-healing lower extremity wounds.
Issues with the heart and the vascular system can hinder the supply of blood, oxygen, and nutrition to a wound.
Hyperbaric oxygen increases the dissolved oxygen in the blood and the amount of oxygenated plasma dissolved in tissue.
Increased oxygen in the blood counteracts the detrimental effects of hypoxia, hypoxemia, and hypovascularity, which can result from heart disease, including PAD and CAD.
The additional oxygen also stimulates the release of substances known as growth factors and stem cells which promote healing and the growth of new blood vessels. This can also combat excessive bacterial growth in wounds.
It’s American Heart Month. And we’re starting another new year of disease prevention and treatment at CūtisCare.
Is your hospital, practice, or clinic ready to join the fight to treat patients with chronic wounds caused by cardiovascular disease?
Whether you’re in the initial stages of planning to add hyperbaric oxygen therapy to your spectrum of wound care, expanding an existing facility, or anything in between, we’re here to help. These are some of the aspects of comprehensive wound care where we can share our 25+ years of experience:
- Limb Preservation
- Physician Mentorship
- Community Outreach & Growth
- Marketplace Analytics
- Training & Education
- Program Management
- Revenue Cycle Support
- Clinical Optimization
- Flexible Clinical Business Models
What can your community expect?
- Improved quality of life
- Non-invasive, effective, CMS-approved wound care treatments
- Lower amputation rates
Would you like to learn more about HBOT treatment solutions? At CūtisCare, our delivery models are designed to fill a critical void in the wound care treatment and healing space. We are a healing-centric, compliance-driven organization focused on providing innovative, effective, purpose-built clinical solutions for wound care and treatment.
Would you like to become a recognized wound care center of excellence? Accreditation shows that you’re committed to providing, promoting, developing, and raising the quality of care across the entire spectrum of hyperbaric medicine.
Maybe you just have some questions about wound care and Hyperbaric Medicine?
We’d love to share our 25 years of knowledge and experience with you. Get in touch with one of our HBOT thought leaders today.