Your heart affects every aspect of your health – including your ability to heal wounds. Your heart circulates oxygen and nutrient-rich blood throughout your body. Cardiovascular diseases damage blood vessels and cause blockages that obstruct the flow of blood. This decreased blood flow hinders the delivery of oxygen and nutrition needed for proper wound healing.
Currently, 48 percent of American adults – 21.5 million people – suffer from cardiovascular diseases including Coronary Artery Disease, Peripheral Artery Disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. People with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease.