February is National Heart Month


By Gay Fulkerson, MD



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Uncontrolled high blood pressure is the number one leading cause of heart attack and stroke.

High blood pressure frequently shows no signs or symptoms. Have your blood pressure checked regularly.

More than 67 million Americans have high blood pressure.

People with high blood pressure are four times more likely to die from a stroke and three times more likely to die from heart disease. High blood pressure along with smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol and lipids are leading causes of arterial disease in feet and legs. This can end in ulcers and amputations.

Every year, one in three deaths is caused by heart disease in the United States.

8-12 million Americans have lower extremity arterial disease which can cause ulceration and lead to amputations.

600,000 people suffer from venous ulcers at any given time in the United States which costs $2.5-3.5 billion in treatment.

Chronic wounds affect approximately 6.7 million people in the United States. The cost to treat these wounds exceeds $50 billion annually.

While there are several factors that can affect wound healing, heart health is one of the most important.

If you have a wound, call for an appointment at the Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center Wound Healing Center. The sooner treatment begins, the less the risk becomes for amputation.

The next diabetes class will be March 12 at 8:00 a.m. All ages are welcome to attend. Call 270-259-4666 to sign up. Lunch will be served.

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By Gay Fulkerson, MD

Gay Fulkerson, MD, is a board certified family physician and wound care/hyperbaric specialist.

Gay Fulkerson, MD, is a board certified family physician and wound care/hyperbaric specialist.

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